Janet Kingsley Beaty Saturday, May 7, 1949 - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Hague. Janet K. Beaty, N.D., a longtime resident of Harvard, MA and summer resident of Hague, NY, passed away on July 18, 2017 at Elizabethtown Community Hospital (NY) in the Adirondacks while vacationing nearby with her family. Born in New York, NY on May 7, 1949 and raised in Greenwich, CT, she graduated high school from Rosemary Hall in 1967 before its merger with Choate School. Then, after a two-year stint at Bradford Junior College in Haverhill, MA, Janet graduated from Lake Forest College (IL) in 1971 before moving West to successfully pursue an M.A. in Special Education at San Francisco State University. Eventually, she moved to Seattle in pursuit of a license to practice what became her true calling: naturopathic medicine. Towards this end, she earned a doctorate’s degree in the field (N.D.) from Bastyr College in 1988 and then successfully completed state board examinations qualifying her as a Naturopathic Physician in Washington State. Armed with this accreditation, Janet then garnered valuable field experience from a year’s residency at Bastyr followed by another working at the Tyringham Clinic in Buckinghamshire, England. Returning to this country, she made the pivotal decision to move back East and eventually settled in the Concord area of Massachusetts where she ran a private practice for over 25 years offering hope to individuals (many with chronic conditions) who felt traditional medicine had failed them. Translating this compassion into political action through membership in both theMassachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors (MSND) and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), Janet became a protagonist in the cause for extending medical insurance benefits in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to cover many types of the so-called alternative modalities she was prescribing. This movement finally realized its legislative objective in 2015 much to her great delight and satisfaction. Beyond her prowess as a medical practitioner and patient advocate, Nootsie was also an avid gardener whose home, landscaped with a profusion of flowering bushes and lush garden beds, became an expression of her abiding love of nature ever since she moved there in 2005. Janet is survived by three brothers, Terry, Jim and Jeffrey along with one nephew, James and her beloved dog Polly.