Charles Rische Beeson was born in Waldo, Arkansas June 6, 1923. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Beeson completed his internship in 1945 at the Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, California and his internal medicine residency at the University of Arkansas hospital in 1949. He continued his medical education at the Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana where he completed a cardiology fellowship. His academic career as a clinical professor of medicine took him to the University of New Mexico and UCLA. While in New Mexico, Dr. Beeson was Director of the New Mexico Cancer Control Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He retired from the University of New Mexico in 1994.
From the guide to the Charles R. Beeson Papers, 1963-1997, (New Mexico Health Historical Collection, UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center.)