John J. Beer
John J. Beer, 94, died quietly on October 2nd, 2021 at the Kendal retirement community. John lived in Newark for 41 years, where he and his wife Fran raised their four children. He taught History at the University of Delaware, was a founding member of Newark Friends Meeting (Quakers), and engaged in peace and justice activism throughout his long life. Born in Saarland (now Germany), his Jewish family fled to Paris, then emigrated to the US in 1937, where young John was delighted to see their family name in store-front lights everywhere! In 1945, John graduated from Vineland (NJ) High School and joined the Navy, where his experiences solidified his life-long commitment to...