Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2018
April 3, 1925 - November 6, 2018
Joseph Beyda, age 93, passed away on November 6, 2018,
after a long illness. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 46
years, Mary Catherine McGarraghy Beyda; his children, Kent
(Nancy) of Los Angeles, California, David (Carolyn) of
Hartsdale, New York, Katherine (Michael) of Altadena, California and Adam (Lauren) of
Oakland, California; his grandchildren, Emily, Lauren, Jackson, Sophie and Daniel; and
his brother, Irving (Vivian). He was predeceased by his parents, Abraham and Esther
Beyda; his sister, Cynthia Sutton; and his granddaughter, Esme.
Joseph's family moved from Brooklyn, NY to Washington, DC when he was a young boy.
They established themselves as prominent retailers throughout the Washington
metropolitan area with stores bearing the Beyda name. Joseph attended Western High
School (1943) (now the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts), followed by
George Washington University, where, as he said, he majored in playing bridge.
Entering the family retail business, he responded to the social and demographic changes
of the 1960's and 70's by opening Beyda's Petites, followed by Joe's Place, Joe's Other
Place and Joe's Place 2. The stores sold affordable, hip fashions that were not available
at local department stores, and they particularly appealed to a new generation of
professional women entering the workforce. Ultimately, he parlayed his ability to scope
out prime retail locations into a successful real estate leasing career that lasted well into
Beyond his successful business career, his real loves were family, travel and fine dining.
He and his wife Mary Catherine traveled the world, spending extensive periods in
Florence, Paris, New York, St. Thomas, and his favorite destination - California - where
he could spend time with the children and grandchildren who lived there. In Washington,
Joseph was treated as an authority on where, when and what to eat in the city's best
restaurants. In recent years, his friends at Estadio and La Piquette were his second
family. He relished the good times, good food and good company spent with them and
the other "regulars". Joseph's love of food, travel and above all else, family will continue to
inspire all who knew him.
In lieu of contributions, please be kind to one another. Services were not held.
His interment will be private.
A reception to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.