Archive for Friday, November 21, 1997


November 21, 1997


Beisecker services

Memorial services for Dr. Analee E. "Betsy" Beisecker, 54, Baldwin, will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. Private burial services will be in the Pioneer Cemetery at Kansas University.

Dr. Beisecker died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

She was born Aug. 9, 1943, in Evergreen Park, Ill., the daughter of Maurice and Analee Hill Burns. She earned a bachelor's degree at Kansas University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She did her NIMH predoctoral traineeship in medical sociology, and her post-doctoral traineeship in gerontology, Midwest Council for Social Research on Aging.

Dr. Beisecker was a professor of preventive medicine at KU School of Medicine. She also served as associate director for behavioral and social sciences research at the Kansas Cancer Institute and as associate scientist for the Center on Aging at the KU Medical Center.

Dr. Beisecker was well-known nationally for her research and public education programs on doctor-patient communication and breast cancer awareness, risk factors and detection.

She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Delta, Delta Sigma Rho, League of Women Voters, Dow Janes, KDHE Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Control Program and Tuesday Reading Club; she was a former officer with the Arts Council, Recreation Commission and PTO in Baldwin City, AZ chapter of PEO, Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council, University Women's Club, Alpha Phi fraternity and Alpha Phi National Foundation.

Her professional memberships included American Sociological Assn., American Academy of Physicians and Patients, American Public Health Assn., Gerontological Society of America and Midwest Council for Social Research on Aging.

Dr. Beisecker was recipient of the KUMC Faculty Research Award and the Sak's Fifth Avenue Award for Leadership in Breast Cancer Awareness.

She married Thomas Beisecker July 25, 1964, in Topeka. He survives of the home.

Other survivors include her father, Aurora, Colo.; her mother, Bonner Springs; two sons, David Beisecker, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Randall Beisecker, Takazaki, Japan; two brothers, Edward Burns, Aurora, Colo., and Robert Burns, Shawnee.

The family suggests memorials to Analee Beisecker Fund for Behavioral and Social Science Research in Cancer, and may be sent in care of the Kansas University Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence 66044-0928.

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