Charles H. Beck, 64

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 8:30am

Charles H. Beck of Stonington, Conn., retired psychotherapist, former Director of Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, Alaska and energy healer, died suddenly from heart failure on April 5, 2016. He was 64.

Charles was born in Montclair, N.J. to John Beck and Jean Whittemore Hamlin. His family summered on Block Island starting in the 1950s, and he attended grammar school here. He has kept a lifetime connection with the island. He is fondly referred to as Corky in the book, “Ghosts of Block Island,” being the youngest member of the Beck Family. He had a long, if unwanted, relationship with the depressed spirit, Argyle.

Charles received his graduate degree at the University of San Francisco, with postgraduate work at the California School of Psychology. He worked at the Easlan Institute while in college, transcribing tapes of many of the great thinkers and spiritual leaders of the 1970s.

His many achievements include private practice as a psychotherapist in Santa Rosa, Calif., Program Coordinator for the Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado, working with the Navajo Nation and as a System Improvement Coach, Program Director for Jicarilla Mental Health and Social Services in Dulce, New Mexico. He lived and worked with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe and ran the Domestic Violence Prevention Program there. In 2001 he became Division Director of Behavioral Health Services, Norton Sound Health, in Nome, Alaska, working with the Yupik Tribes in the town known for the Iditarod Races, before a taking a medical retirement in 2005. He also authored “Performance Measurement and Reporting for Tribes and Tribal Organizations” and taught HIPPA Compliance Workshops for the Tribes through Falmouth Institute.

Charles lived for the last seven years in Stonington, Conn., bringing him closer to his east coast relatives and friends.

His interest in healing arose from his training with Dr. Milton Erickson in hypnotherapy, Cranial Sacral training and other healing explorations. He connected with an Apache Medicine man while living on the Dulce Reservation, culminating in a ceremony granting him an unusual place in that community of healers. He expanded on this in his later life helping many with his healing work.

Charles was an accomplished photographer, writer and teacher. His passions also included meditation, theosophy, Buddhism, The Tao, Volkswagen buses, almost all music, watercolors, computers, the fight against climate change, and most recently, beekeeping.

He leaves his daughter, Jena A. Beck of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; his life partner, Lorie Sava of Stonington, Conn.; his stepson, Chris Sava of Boston; his sister, Barbara Bobbie Reynolds, of East Greenwich, R.I.; two nieces, three nephews, six grand nieces and five grandnephews. Charles was predeceased by his brother, John Beck, and sisters, Diane Migliaccio, and Lavonne Woodman. He was an adored father, partner, brother, uncle and friend.

Please join us in a celebration of his life at the La Grua Center, 32 Water Street, Stonington, Conn., at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.