name is not commonly known in Hampton Roads.
Yet every year since 1948, the foundation that Beazley
endowed has provided millions of dollars of grants, scholarships, and aid to some of the most deserving organizations and institutions in the area.
The Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Chesapeake Service Systems, Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, Lee's Friends, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, the Union Mission, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling, Help and Emergency Response Center
( H.E.R.), and the Beazley Senior Center
are but a few of the scores of needy charitable organizations that benefit from the generosity and foresight of Fred W. Beazley
himself is the personification of a real life Horatio Alger "rags to riches" story.
Born in the early 1900s, he left school at the age of 15 needing $15 to purchase a horse drawn carriage.
dream was to deliver coal door to door.
Through hard work and determination, he
became a self-made millionaire and continued to prosper until the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed.
Despite hard times and tremendous financial loss, Beazley
rebounded when he
had the opportunity to purchase a failing ice company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Under his the leadership, the company began to prosper, and today we know that company as Southern Ice, the largest company of its type in the United States.
returned to the Tidewater area in 1948 as an extremely wealthy man.
many business associates considered Fred Beazley
a frugal businessman yet his
close friends and family knew that Beazley
was extraordinarily generous with his
That same year, he
endowed the Beazley Foundation
family have bequeathed a wonderful gift to the Hampton Roads area," the former First Citizen of Chesapeake explains, "He
never forgot the opportunity he
missed as a youth when he
dropped out of school.
Education has always been the hallmark of the Beazley Foundation's giving.
Eight years after his family endowed the Beazley Foundation, Mr. Beazley formed a companion entity called the Foundation Boys Academy which operated a private secondary school for boys known as Frederick Military Academy.
This school later morphed into Frederick College
In 1968, the entire college was gifted to the Commonwealth of Virginia to become part of the Community College System.
The charter of the original Foundation Boys Academy
was amended in 1986, and it eventually merged with the present day Beazley Foundation.
Its original mission was expanded to include charitable, religious, and educational purposes.
On July 13, 2010, Beazley
was honored by Gov.
A bigger than life 8 ft. tall bronze statue of Beazley
was unveiled at the college entrance.
Noting the significance of the opening of the state of the art college bearing the name of its benefactor, Judge Bray said, "This is Mr. Beazley's