Alan E. Beer, M.D.

Alan Beer

1937 - 2006

Dr. Alan E. Beer passed away May 1, 2006. Dr. Beer received his M.D. in 1962 from Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and his fellowship in Immunology and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1971. Dr. Beer had been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and the University of Michigan. In 1987, Dr. Beer joined The Chicago Medical School with a joint appointment as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of Microbiology and Immunology. He subsequently established the Reproductive Immunology Program with clinics in Illinois and California. Dr. Beer founded the Alan E. Beer Center for Reproductive Immunology & Genetics in 2003, with initial clinics in Los Gatos, California, and London, England.

Dr. Beer was an internationally known physician and scientist. He served from 1976-1997 as editor in chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology. He was past chairman of the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Human Embryology and Development, and he served on other study sections involving pregnancy and human development. He was a founding member and past president of the American Society of Reproductive Immunology, and was a senior councilor for the International Society for the Immunology of Reproduction. He was also the author of books, monographs, and numerous scientific publications.

Dr. Beer dedicated much of his academic life to analyzing the impact of the immune system on infertility and the success or failure of a pregnancy.

Dr. Beer is survived by his wife, Dorothy Beer of Lincolnshire, Ill.; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathleen Beer of Leo, Ind.; his daughter and son-in-law, Betsy and Stacey Berner of Reisterstown, Md.; his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Charles Lindsey of Concord; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Michael Blaivas of Evans, Ga.; sisters Marguerite Hoerr of New Buffalo, Mich.; Miriam Speicher of Milford; Rebecca Doll of Milford; Mary Feichter of Bluffton; brothers Philip Beer of Milford; Bernard Beer of Nappanee; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Written by Dr. Mary D'Alton
In Collaboration with Dr. Beer's Daughter Laura

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