On November 10, 1937, George Henri Beaubian, Jr. was born in Hempstead, New York. He was the only child of George H. Beaubian, Sr. and Essie Mason. George Sr. was the first African American deputy district attorney in Nassau County. Essie was a domestic worker for the daughter of President Woodrow Wilson. George and his mother moved to the Watts area of Los Angeles in 1948. He joined St. Michael’s Episcopal Church where he became an alter boy. He attended Willowbrook Junior High School and then attended Compton High School/College for 4 years, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree. He continued his education at California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Business Administration. George was an outstanding baseball player, a talented graphic artist and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
George became an employee of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company where he was a general agent for business and personal insurance and, at age 23, the company’s youngest staff manager. From there, he was employed at IBM in sales. Even in his teens, George was interested in business and at 13 years of age, he started working for his mentor and friend Peter Kineard who owned a record store. This is where his love for jazz began.
George met and married Lois Ann Lowe in 1959 and they remained a loving couple until his passing on June 25, 2011 at their Baldwin Hills home. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a wonderful dinner dance attended by family and friends in 2009. George and Lois had two children, George, III (endearing called Tres’) born in 1960 and Jacqueline Nicole in 1969. George was an active parent who loved his children and was always involved in their activities – coaching little league, watching ballet performances and beginning their cheerleader.
George was very active in community and political affairs. He was a member of New Frontier Democrats, a political organization formed during the campaign of John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was elected president of that organization in 1972. In addition, George was appointed to the 63rd Assembly District steering committee by the late Assemblyman Julian Dixon, a very close friend. In 1971, he joined the Brotherhood Crusade and was elected Chairman of its Board in 1973. Also, in 1973, he was appointed to the Board of Fire Commissioners for the City of Los Angeles by the late Mayor Tom Bradley. He served as vice president from 1973 to 1975 and president form 1975 to 1977. In 1977, He was appointed Director of the Los Angeles Office of Small Business Administration by Mayor Bradley. George worked until his passing with A&S Resources, Inc., specializing in computer sales.
George enjoyed his last years traveling on jazz cruises, cooking, playing bridge, going to Laker Basketball games and UCLA Bruin Football games and attending jazz concerts. His greatest joy in recent years was spent doting on his grandchildren. While George was pretty easy going and light-hearted, he took this role very seriously. Missing a softball game, a school performance or a birthday celebration was never an option. George was often sighted around town chauffeuring two little pony-tailed girls that were happily directing him to their desired destination.
George was preceded in death by his son George, III. He is survived by his wife, Lois; his daughter, Jacqueline Beaubian Majors; his grandchildren, Britt, Leah and Alexis; his great grandchildren, Britt, Jordan and Winter and numerous relatives and friends.
George will always be remembered as a community and civic leader, a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather and a generous friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Services were held on Friday, July 1, 2011 at Angeles Funeral Home, Los Angeles, California and Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Inglewood Cemetery.