- The Washington Times - Friday, March 24, 2006

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. J. Glenn Beall Jr., a Maryland Republican who served 14 years in state and federal elected offices, died March 24 of abdominal cancer at his home in Frostburg. He was 78.

“J. Glenn Beall Jr. was an extraordinary Marylander, serving his state and country as a naval officer, state lawmaker, congressman and U.S. senator,” Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said. “He will be remembered as a devoted son of Western Maryland and an accomplished advocate for the state of Maryland.”

Mr. Beall was elected to the House of Delegates in 1962 and re-elected in 1966. During much of that time, he was the minority Republican leader.

In 1968, Mr. Beall was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to the Senate two years later and served one term before losing to current Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, a Democrat, in 1976.

“Glenn served the state with great distinction and dedication,” said Mr. Sarbanes, who also served with him in the state House.

After an unsuccessful run for governor in 1978, Mr. Beall returned to the family insurance business in Western Maryland.

Under his leadership, the firm grew to one of the largest privately owned insurance agencies in the United States, with 11 offices in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District.

Shortly after Mr. Beall’s retirement from Beall, Garner Screen & Geare Inc., also known as BGS&G; Cos., it was purchased by the CBIZ insurance conglomerate.

Mr. Beall was the son of James Glenn Beall, a U.S. representative and senator from Maryland.

His brother, George Beall, is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1973 and Arthur H. Bremer, the gunman who wounded Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace in 1972.

In the Senate, J. Glenn Beall Jr. sponsored legislation that created the Senate Budget Office and the Congressional Budget Office. He served as one of the first members of the Senate Budget Committee.

He was a principal sponsor of the Physician Manpower Shortage Act, which brought more doctors to rural areas; the C&O; Canal Development Act, establishing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park; the Historic Preservation Tax Act and the National Elementary Reading Emphasis Act.

Mr. Beall was vice chairman of the 1981 White House Conference on Aging. He also served stints as chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the executive council of the Maryland Hospital Association, trustee of the Maryland Historical Trust and member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Mr. Beall, who was born in Cumberland, attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

A member of the class of 1945, his high school graduation was accelerated so he could join the Navy in World War II. After the war, he earned a degree in economics from Yale University.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Lee Smith Beall; his daughter, Victoria Lee Muth of North Bethesda; and his brothers, George Beall of Lutherville and Richard Olin Beall of Stevenson.

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