The Greater Boston business and nonprofit communities are remembering a real estate and philanthropic icon, mourning the loss of Robert Beal. Like the indelible mark he left through his work on the cityscape of Boston, Robert left an enduring impact on United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and the individuals, families and communities we serve.
Robert’s generosity and passion for creating opportunity for those in need ran as deep as his commitment to creating opportunity in our communities through real estate and economic development. His philanthropy helped to ensure young people thrive, particularly those who may be homeless or involved in foster care, in spite of their tough circumstances. A champion for advancing strong and prosperous neighborhoods, Robert was a tireless advocate on behalf of United Way and our work.
Robert served on our Board of Directors for 15 years, and he played a key role in the success of United Way’s annual Real Estate and Building Industry Breakfast, which has raised $50 million to support our efforts to prevent homelessness. These funds have helped to provide safe, affordable housing to more than 384,000 families through United Way funded programs that help build the foundation for successful, stable families and communities.
Recognizing the important role that United Way plays in the community, Robert also chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, which became one of the most vibrant networks of philanthropic leaders in the country and has helped us take on our region’s biggest and most entrenched challenges and create positive lasting change.
Our thoughts are with his family, the Boston real estate industry, and the entire community. We at United Way will certainly miss our friend.
-Michael K. Durkin
President and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley