Saturday, September 04, 2010

Alan Beaven 9/11/01


I have the honor of giving tribute to Alan Beaven. Alan was a passenger on flight 93. Alan enjoyed protecting the environment and considered suing polluters both a moral duty and an intellectual challenge. Alan died the day after his eighth wedding anniversary. Alan leaves behind a large and loving extended family, including John and Chris, his two sons by his first wife Liz, and the exquisite Dahlia Sonali, his 5-year old daughter by his second wife, Kimi Kaipaka.

Some quotes I found about Alan:

Dear Alan,I want to thank you for our conversation. You`re just as wonderful as everybody told me. I`m so glad you`re Sara`s guardian angel and I`ll promise you to always take good care of our little princess.
Karin

October 15, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham,
Livonia, Michigan

Alan interviewed me for King's College, London in 1979 with (Dame) Judith Mayhew. Thanks to his healthy interest in Rugby (he was a Kiwi after all) I had surprisingly little difficulty in getting in! He was a lovely man and we all miss him.
Jonathan McClure,
London, UK

It was a big gift to spend a week next to you, in spiritual discovery and discussion, before you moved on. It was a great pleasure to know you. You are a dedicated yogi. Thanks, John M.

I met Alan while conducting an investigation into the Yosemite National Park Merced River Spill. I was a State Engineer, but Alan made me want to go into water law. I will always remember him.
Jon Risinger,
Fresno, California

I was an attorney representing a defendant in one of Alan's environmental cases. When presented with the facts showing there was no basis for recovery, he dismissed the case instead of doing the usual shakedown for the costs of defending oneself. I remember him for his integrity. I admire him. We talked about sailing and I kidded him about being a kiwi and that NZ was sailing against Prada (Italy) in the Americas Cup. I often wonder if his gentle, peaceful disposition would have permitted him to charge the cockpit. No matter, he left a legacy of positively impacting people while he was alive, such as me. The rest would be frosting. I feel for his family.
Richard Driscoll
Auburn, California

I will always remember Alan as he was a good friend, a fellow meditator and devoted to God and his family. I know, without a doubt, that he was truly a hero in thwarting a worse disaster by helping his fellow passengers to overcome the hijackers. I've known Alan and Kim for several years in Oakland, CA, when I lived in the Ashram there. My thoughts and prayers to Alan's family on this day of remembering our heroes. Blessings.
Subhadhra (Gunn) Colston,
Oceanside, California

4 comments:

Cathy said...

Alan was passionate about what he believed.

Thank you for remembering Alan Beaven.

Cathy said...

Alan was passionate about what he believed.

Thank you for remembering Alan Beaven.

Cathy said...

Alan was passionate about what he believed.

Thank you for remembering Alan Beaven.

mheidemann said...

I played tennis with Alan every week at the club in rockridge before the tragedy. He struck me as a solid person with a moral compass, and a layer of good that I had not spent enough time with to know. I feel and felt for his family as I know my sense of loss is a fraction of what they still know. Today is a day to remember and mourn. For me it is a reminder that what Alan stood for will always prevail. God bless his family. Peace be upon you.