Lt. Patricia Beauchamp, investigations coordinator and assistant director of Security Services at Homewood, died Sept. 8 at her Abingdon home after a yearlong battle with leukemia. She was 55.
Beauchamp, who had been married for three years to Hopkins officer Martin Beauchamp, came to the university in 1998 after a career in the Baltimore Police Department, from which she retired as a colonel in 1994.
Beauchamp joined the Baltimore police as a civilian employee in 1963, graduated four years later from the police academy and became a detective assigned to the vice squad. She was subsequently promoted through detective squads investigating homicides, career criminal and major sex offenders. In 1978, she was promoted to major and became the first woman appointed to the city's command staff, as head of the youth division, where she directed investigations of child homicide, and physical and sexual child abuse. She later attained the rank of colonel and served for seven years as chief of the community services bureau.
She held an associate of arts degree in police administration from Catonsville Community College and two years ago enrolled in the Police Executive Leadership Program at Hopkins.
"Pat shared with us her wealth of professional experience, her energy and a keen sensitivity to victims' needs," said Ron Mullen, director of Security, Parking and Transportation Services at Homewood. "Those she had dealings with, whether student, faculty or staff, invariably had praise for her as an understanding person and a very capable service provider. Without exaggeration, she loved being here at Hopkins, and that feeling and her sense of obligation kept her working well beyond a time in her illness others may not have. She will be sorely missed."
As Beauchamp herself had arranged a few weeks ago with Chaplain Sharon Kugler, instead of a funeral or viewing, a memorial service will be held at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith Center. It is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
In addition to her husband, Beauchamp is survived by a daughter, Tracy Miller, of Virginia Beach, Va., and two grandchildren.