Robert Beaman ’69
Robert (Bob) Beaman, class of 1969 feels “very honored to be selected for the Hall of Fame induction”.
Bob’s formation began at Blessed Sacrament grade school and continued at Bishop Ward High School. At Bishop Ward, Bob dated his future wife, Denise McCoy. After marrying Denise and graduating from Kansas University, Bob became Executive Director of Security for UPS. His career with UPS spanned 34 years and took him to 44 states. Along the way, Bob was a lead instructor of Labor Relations and Human Resources workshops. His professional memberships included The American Society of Industrial Security achieving Certified Protection and Professional status. Bob states proudly, “UPS is the only company I ever worked for.”
While working in the Los Angeles area for UPS, Bob served as Chairman of the Board at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Pepperdine University Athletics for 3 years and still remains on the board.
Bob retired and returned with Denise to the Kansas City area in 2006 and now sees many of his Bishop Ward classmates weekly. He volunteers each week as a teacher in the Holy Spirit School of Religion program for 5th and 7th graders. He is a member of the Serra Club as well as a Third Degree Knights of Columbus.
Bob credits his success to learning accountability at a very young age from family members, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, and all coaches at Bishop Ward. He also credits the outstanding education he received from the sisters and teachers of Bishop Ward. Bob’s advice to current students is, “… to work hard, hold yourself accountable for your actions, and never ever lose your faith in God. God is the one who will help you achieve your goals and dreams.”
Denise McCoy Beaman '71
Denise is faith-filled Catholic and a leader in her family and community. Born on January 24th at Providence Hospital, Kansas City Kansas, Denise was the 2nd of 5 children in the McCoy family. Denise and Bob (Cyclone class of 1969) were married at the Cathedral of St. Peters on February 22, 1974. They have two children, Amy and Bobby Jr.
In 1983 the Beaman family moved to San Antonio, TX with Bob’s UPS job. While there, Denise volunteered her time overseeing the grade school's reading lab, substitute teaching, as well as being a softball and volleyball coach. In 1986 the family relocated to Waukesha, Wisconsin where Denise used her talents as a coach as well as being a health room volunteer. Then life took the Beaman family to Westlake Village, CA which would be their home for the next 13 years. Denise volunteered in the ER of the local hospital and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary.
Upon her return to Kansas City, Denise embraced her roots at Bishop Ward volunteering as a member of the Board of Trustees, Endowment Committee, and four-time Hall of Fame co-chair with her husband. She currently loves spending time with her family, especially her grandson!
Denise describes her time at Bishop Ward as “four wonderful fun-filled years”. Now married for 44 years, she states, “We are enjoying our home and grandson as well as reconnecting with friends and family.”
Denise exemplifies the Spirit of Bishop Ward in her daily life.
Blake Mulvany has spent his entire professional career in support of Catholic education. He began his career at Bishop Ward in 1957 as a teacher and coach of basketball and football. Soon after, Blake earned the job as Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, distinguished by his Kansas High School Basketball Coach of the Year honor in 1971. Blake was appointed as the first lay administrator in Bishop Ward’s history, serving both as Principal and then President until his next assignment within the Archdiocese.
When Blake received the call of Archbishop Strecker to lead the Catholic schools in Johnson County, he opened the new St. Thomas Aquinas high school. Next, Archbishop Keleher called upon Blake to lead all of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas as Superintendent. He served the schools of the Archdiocese in that role for eight years.
Blake’s desire for all children to have access to a quality education led him to establish the Gardner Plan, now known as the Catholic Education Foundation, where he served as its Executive Director for nine years. Blake was instrumental in the establishment of the CEF legacy that will surely enrich the lives of thousands of children, even long after he has left this world.
Always answering the call to serve, Blake spent part of his “retired” years serving as the Parish Administrator for St. Thomas More in Kansas City, Missouri.
Blake was married to the love of his life and the rock upon which his family foundation was built, Rose Ann, for fifty-two years. They have nine living children and two who died at birth. Eight of his nine children graduated from Bishop Ward, and the ninth graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas. They also have fifteen grandchildren as well as seven great grandchildren.
Blake was a teacher, coach, and administrator for thousands of students over his career at Bishop Ward, and he cherishes his memories of and relationships with all of those students and their families to this day.