Rev. Earl (CAS’63, STH’67, ’68) and Millie (CFA’64, ’84, SED’95) Beane
Almost a half century after meeting at BU, Millie and Earl Beane continue to make a difference in the lives of STH students
When Reverend Earl Beane (CAS’63, STH’67, ’68) accepted the position of Admissions Director for the School of Theology in 1977, he and his wife Millie (who met as undergraduates at BU in the early 1960s) weren’t planning on making Boston their long-term home. But, year after year—and entering class after entering class—Rev. Beane continued in his post, eventually helping 59 entering classes begin their careers at the School of Theology. Countless hours, as Beane fondly recalls, were spent finding the students affordable places to live.
“Earl worked so hard for his thirty years on housing and there is still a great need,” notes Millie Beane (CFA’64, ’84, SED’95), who also played a significant role at the School of Theology. In addition to working in the Needham Public Schools for 29 years, Millie Beane began directing the STH Seminary Singers in 1995 and immediately started recruiting voices that, as she describes, “represented the whole student body, meaning people from all over this country and around the world.”
At Rev. Beane’s retirement, in 2006, the School recognized the couple’s dedication to countless BU students by establishing the Earl and Millie Bean Housing Fund. The fund helps reduce housing costs for seminary students in need, offering annual scholarships and stipends to ensure that Boston’s steep housing prices don’t stop deserving seminary students from finding their calling. The Beanes have pledged $100,000 towards the fund, continuing their longstanding commitment to the School and its students. In 2008, the fund provided 15 housing stipends to international students living at the Walker Center, a nonprofit organization offering housing to members of faith-based groups.
“We can’t take for granted that scholarship money comes from some mysterious place; it comes from us,” says Earl Beane. “As alums we need to help that tradition live on.” With this commitment to the fund that bears their name, the Beanes are doing their part to continue that tradition, and to make a difference to the next generation of STH students.