Celebrating the Life of Harold Beier

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Athletics

In case you missed it, the DU hockey community lost an important member, Harold Beier. Head Coach David Carle issued the following reminder regarding the celebration of Mr. Beier’s life.

Fellow Pios,

Earlier this month we lost a family member in Harold Beier, who passed away at 91 after more than 50 years of contributions to Denver Hockey.

 Since the 1960s, Beier instilled himself in the fabric of Denver Hockey as a billet for student-athletes, archivist for the DU Hockey Alumni Association and contributor to the Beier Family Endowed Hockey Scholarship. In 2006, Beier was installed to the Athletic Hall of Fame as a special inductee for his selfless contributions to the hockey program and dedication to preserving its rich history.

Beier’s internment will be held on Monday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery –  Staging Area B. A celebration of Beier’s life will be held following the internment from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Gottesfeld Room at Magness Arena.  The entire Denver Hockey community is invited to attend the internment and celebration of life. 

David Carle
Head Hockey Coach
University of Denver

Harold Beier’s background:

Harold Beier passed away at the age of 91. Harold was one of seven children born to Frederick and Ruth Beier. Attending both Colorado State University and the University of Denver where he graduated in 1947. Harold enlisted in the Army as a Med-Tech at Camp Pickett, VA and was discharged to Reserve duty in 1953. Harold’s life was full with his passion for both ice hockey and his family. The University of Denver’s Men’s Ice Hockey program honored Harold with its Outstanding Service Award in 2003 and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Harold shared his enthusiasm for the game by starting the DU Hockey Alumni Association. Wearing his signature red vest and bow tie Harold was always in the arena at both DU home & away games. Spending the last years of his life with nephew, David Nichols and his children. Harold is survived by 11 nieces and nephews, 21 grand nieces and nephews and numerous other great- grand nieces and nephews. His ongoing support of DU hockey contributed mightily to the development of young men and the outstanding success experienced by DU hockey during his time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Harold’s honor to: University of Denver-Ritchie Center, Attn: The Beier Family Endowed Hockey Scholarship: 2201 East Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80210.

LetsGoDU sends our sympathy and thanks to the Beier family.

One thought on “Celebrating the Life of Harold Beier”

  1. If you’ve been around Pioneer hockey for any length of time, you got the chance to know Harold, one of the nicest people you’d ever meet, and certainly the most knowledgable DU fan of all time. He graduated from DU in the late 40s and saw Pioneer hockey in eight decades, knowing almost all of the players who wore the Crimson and Gold.

    That tan corduroy sport coat with the elbow patches and the bow tie he is wearing in the picture above the article probably should be in a display case at Magness for all the hockey it saw over the years…RIP, Harold.

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