Edward L. Beaver, 84, a retired assistant accounting officer with the Library of Congress, died of cancer Dec. 29 at Montgomery
General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Beaver worked at the Library of Congress from 1964 to 1981 and retired as the second-highest person within the financial
He was born in Huntington, W.Va., and moved to the Washington area in 1925. He graduated from Central High School in 1942
and joined the Army Air Forces. During World War II, he served in the Pacific theater. Among his military awards was a Bronze
After the war, Mr. Beaver graduated from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington. He then joined the Department of the
Treasury as an Internal Revenue Service investigator.
Mr. Beaver left the IRS in 1952 to start an accounting business, which he operated for seven years. In 1959, Mr. Beaver became
a senior auditor with the Army Audit Agency. In 1963, he transferred to the Federal Aviation Agency, where he worked for a year
before joining the Library of Congress.
Mr. Beaver was a member of Interfaith Chapel in Silver Spring and a former member of Hughes United Methodist Church in
Wheaton, where he was past president of the United Methodist Men. He sang for many years in his churches' choirs.
He also enjoyed singing in a barbershop quartet and was an active member of the Society for the Preservation and
Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
His wife of 60 years, Helen Beaver, died in 2004. A son, William Lee Beaver, died in 1970.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Beaver of Gaithersburg and Alan Beaver of Frederick; a sister, Faye Beaver of Silver Spring;
five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
-- Patricia Sullivan