Clark College’s music building to be named in honor of Dale Beacock

Dale Beacock

On Friday, Sept. 28, Clark College will rededicate its music building, naming it in honor of educator, musician, and arts supporter Dale Beacock, who died in Aug. 2011. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on the east side of the music building, near the Royce E. Pollard Japanese Friendship Garden. A reception will follow. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Directions and parking maps are available at

After graduating from Clark College in 1950, Beacock earned a master’s degree in music performance and education from the University of Portland. After many years teaching in local schools, he returned to Clark College, where he remained until 1982. He served in multiple roles, including department chair, band director, and musical director for many of Clark’s theatrical productions.

In 1970, Beacock brought high school musicians to Clark College for the first Clark College Jazz Festival. In 1998, he was honored as one of the first inductees into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame. In 1976, Beacock established the Beacock Music Education Center, which his son, Russ, and daughter Gayle continue to operate.