Mrs. Rachel “Rae” Beamer Atkinson Beck Logan, 93, of High Point, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at her residence.
Born June 7, 1926, in Mt. Airy, Rae was the daughter of the late Samuel Tipton Atkinson, Sr. and Callie Beamer Atkinson. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, John Arthur Beck; a son, Steve Beck; and siblings, Annie Pearl Atkinson, Sam Atkinson, Jr., and Virginia Atkinson Lisenby.
Rae is survived by her husband, Ralph Logan of the home; a son, Andy Beck and wife, Sharon; daughter-in-law, Susan Beck-Cooper and husband, Ralph; grandchildren, Drew Beck and wife, Laura, Alex Beck, Kristen Klamert and husband, Don, and David Rode and wife, Holly; and her brother, Bill Atkinson. She is also survived by two stepchildren, Michael Logan and Melanie Hendrix.
In 1965, along with her first husband John Beck, Rae was a founding member of API Graphics serving as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2006. Despite the demands of her business career, Rae still found time to enjoy memberships in many wonderful organizations including Triad Women’s Forum, Furniture City Women’s Club and the High Point Literary League. She also served as a hospital volunteer and delivered Mobile Meals.
Also, in 1965 Rae helped found High Point Legal Secretaries Association, serving as the local organization’s first president, and on the State Executive Board and Board of Directors. In addition to these activities, Rae served many years on the Board of Directors of the High Point YWCA, where she was cited with the YWCA Good Friend Award in 2006. In 2011, Rae was recognized by the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for her exemplary service in the War Department during World War II.
At the age of 77, Rae decided retirement wasn’t quite for her and decided to go back to school. After attaining her G.E.D., she immediately started taking courses at High Point University graduating in 2012 at the age of 85 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Needless to say, she was a “stand-out” in all her classes! She so enjoyed her time at HPU and made many friends with her instructors who truly became a big part of her student life.
Rae enjoyed her longtime memberships in the High Point Country Club and the String and Splinter Club. Throughout her later life she greatly enjoyed traveling extensively across Europe and all North America.
Rae was active in her church, Forest Hills Presbyterian, serving as Ruling Elder and choir member for as long as her sight permitted. From 2005 to 2007, Rae served on the Presbyterian Homes of High Point Board of Advisors.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 20th, at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Lindsey Altvater Clifton. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the YWCA of High Point, 155 W. Westwood Ave, High Point, NC 27262.
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