John Beaumier who was born in Escanaba, Mich., was a retired orthopaedic surgeon and former director of Mayo Clinic’s Orthopedic Evaluation United. He has medical licensure in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
Dr. Beaumier graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He completed medical school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1957. Dr. Beaumier did his medical residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1962.
Dr. Beaumier, who received NMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988, was a member of the NMU Foundation Board and served as the national chair for NMU’s first-ever campaign, This Decisive Season. His leadership gift during that campaign established the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.
He played football at NMU and was inducted in the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.
He was an associate professor or orthopaedic surgery at the University of North Dakota Medical School and at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.
He was active with professional and civic boards and organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Minnesota Medical Association, the Marquette University President’s Council, Zumbro Valley Medical Society, North Dakota State Media Society (chair from 1989-1993) and the Doctors Mayo Society.
Dr. Beaumier held board positions with the Delta County Community Foundation and Delta County Historical Society. He was an active supporter of NMU and Marquette University athletic programs.
He and his wife, Mary Jane, raised a family of nine children. Dr. Beaumier passed away on May 23, 2017 at the age of 85 in Duluth, Minnesota.