Sandy Beal - A Real Estate "Legend"
Joan Goody and S. Maxwell Beal
S. MAXWELL BEAL, JR.
A. W. Perry, Inc.
He is a member of the family behind the creation of some of Boston's most prominent buildings, but Sandy Beal doesn't take his success in the commercial real estate industry for granted.
is proud of his
family - he
39-foot sloop the Evangeline, after a ship his
great-grandfather commissioned around the time he
founded the family company, A.W. Perry
, in 1884 - but he
is quick to laugh and not embarrassed to talk about his
ongoing struggle to keep his
, who at 74 is now the semi-retired chairman of the board emeritus, started working at A.W. Perry
, based in Winthrop Square in Boston, when his
grandfather brought him on in 1956.
He had worked summers before that, while growing up in Rockland and attending St. Lawrence University.
Early on in his
wife of 46 years, Mary.
He frequented a multi-floor restaurant that was an off-shoot of the candy company Schrafft's, where she was a hostess.
took good care of me at lunchtimes, so I thought she
could probably do that all the time," he
Sandy with Gov. Volpe
Gov. John A. Volpe (seated signs into law an important-at-the-time sales tax bill, which took pressure off real estate taxes, as (standing, from left) Lobbyist Clarence A. Roberts, S. M. Beal, Jr., Executive Vice President of GBREB H. Ray Hoffard, Bertram A. Druker and Rental Housing Association Director A. Donald DeLuse look on.
Several years after his tenure as president, Beal left A.W. Perry for awhile.
While many in this picture are not known, those who are show that S. M . Beal, Jr. spent time with some of the most influential people in the industry., Seated are:(from left) Beal, Mayor John F. Collins and Ray Celata of the Corcoran Co.
These days, Beal
usually comes into the office from his
Winchester home three days a week.
jokes that he
long lunches at Locke-Ober or The Four Seasons, and continues trying to clean off his
desk, which was a goal when he
partially retired a couple of years ago.