In Her Own Words: Ingrid S. Beach
I am delighted to support the U.S. Naval Institute and especially the Naval Institute Press. This unique organization that supports our Navy, scholars, and readers in so many ways has a very special place in my family. My late husband's father, Captain Edward Latimer Beach, was an early member of the Naval Institute and served as its chief executive and publisher in 1902. My husband, Ned, followed in his father's footsteps as a decorated naval captain, prolific author, and a proud Institute member for 67 years. Words cannot express my gratitude to the Institute for naming its headquarters Beach Hall, and for those contributors both in the Navy and outside it who by their generosity brought this impressive building to life.
I strongly believe in the importance of a research and publishing house that concentrates on the Navy and related topics. Where else can the Navy's heritage, the significant memories of its officers and enlisted men and women, and information about innovative ventures regarding the Sea Services be brought to the attention of devotees of this Service and, more important, to the public?
Ned had great relationships with his friends at the Institute. There was always a positive rapport between him and those who brought his works to fruition. He greatly admired his skilled editors and the final layouts, photos, and book covers. I am sure he would feel honored by the Naval Institute Press' publication of his biography this spring. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the nuclear-powered submarine Triton's (SSRN-586) submerged circumnavigation under his command.
Between the splendid books offered by the Naval Institute Press and the stirring videos from the "Americans at War" series, I am struck by how well the Institute is keeping abreast of modern technology and incorporating high-profile techniques into its publishing business. But all this costs money, doesn't it? I will continue to help the Institute through annual donations, but there is a meaningful way to take it to the next step. I have established a living trust so that this organization that means so much will have my support into the future.
A last word of praise: There is no better place than the Beach Hall terrace from which to view the Blue Angels every spring!