|Dr. John Beaumier|
EHS Class of 1949
I recently asked Dr. Beaumier about how Escanaba High School prepared him for his future, and he told me a very interesting story, one that actually gives us a great perspective about Dr. Beaumier—the person.
Dr. Beaumier shared that when he was in high school, EVERYONE wanted to be out for the football team. He had looked forward to playing for many years. About the time when he was ready to really make some headway on the gridiron, he noticed that he had an extremely painful leg. He went off to see Dr. Lindquist who checked out the symptoms, who then issued a report to the Esky football coach, Coach Schram. Young John Beaumier had been diagnosed with a blood clot, and the recommendation was to just not play football. John was just broken hearted. He decided not to tell anyone, and believed he would rather drop dead on the field than not play.
So the next year, he went out for football again and he finished the season despite the clot. By the time he was into the track and field season, the pain was gone. He felt extremely close with his teammates, and had high respect for his coaches. Dr. Beaumier characterized Coach Schram as “outstanding,” who never accepted a salary, but who did everything he could possibly do for his players.
Amazingly, when Dr. Beaumier was into his residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1963/1964, when he was looking over his own slides he discovered a calcification in the soft tissue. It was then he found out that he had not had a blood clot at all! John had worried and worried about it for years but still chose to play football. He had even played football at Northern Michigan University! What he had believed to be potentially life threatening turned out to be something quite different. He certainly overcame his fears, and persisted.
Upon recalling his high school experience, Dr. Beaumier mentioned that he remembered being a part of “E-Club,” the National Honor Society, along with football and track. He said he wished he had time to do more things related to music too, but his first love, football took priority over everything.
Dr. John Beaumier is an “Escanaba Success Story” for many reasons. He is an individual who pursued his dreams, and who never gave up. He maximized his ability to learn, his ability to work with others as a team, and his passion to succeed in life, but also his used his vocation “to give back” to others in a variety of ways. Thanks to Dr. John Beaumier, and his wife, Mary Jane--the Mayo Clinic, Northern Michigan University, Marquette University, the City of Escanaba, as well as the Escanaba Area Public Schools (among others) have been recipients of his generosity. For me, I have been happy to get to know him during the last few years. He has a great sense of humor and has great stories to tell. People who are deemed a “success” generally can be noted as having met certain accomplishments. Dr. Beaumier has accomplished many things—but he also has touched many hearts and inspired others through how he has lived his life. He is a true “Escanaba Success Story.”
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Submitted by Michele B. Lemire