ABINGDON Mr. Beveridge Tate Quillen, a lifelong educator and principal, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 30, 2007. He was 102.
Born in
Scott County, Va., on Aug. 15, 1904, he was the son of the late Milligan Wood Quillen and Sally Tate Quillen. He resided in Southwest Virginia all of his life. He had lived in Abingdon since 1974.
Barely a teenager when he graduated from high school, he was a mere lad when he arrived on the campus of the
University of Richmond. At the age of 17, he received his bachelor's degree and for many years he held the record of being the youngest graduate of the University of Richmond.
He earned his master's degree in education from the
University of Virginia.
Mr. Quillen was a dedicated teacher and principal of Haysi High School, Big Island High School and Garden High School in Oakwood, from which he retired in 1972. For many years, he served as chairman of the
Buchanan County Planning Commission.
A quiet, unassuming gentleman, few knew that in the early 1940s he was the principal author of a plan for secondary education which was adopted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur and implemented in
Japan during the American occupation of that country.
In the past several years, Mr. Quillen had enjoyed traveling extensively, taking two trips to
Europe and many cruises including ones to Alaska and Hawaii.
He was a member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, devoted brother, and a helpful friend and neighbor.
Mr. Quillen was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Bess Hillman Quillen; by three sisters: Grace Quillen, Vesta Quillen Easterly, and Juanita Quillen Pratt; and one brother, Carter Livingston Quillen.
He is survived by his brother, Dale Marden Quillen of
Nashville, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Quillen will be held at
2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2007, at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Robert Tolar officiating. Burial will follow at Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood.
Pallbearers will be Don Lay, Lan Dingus, Dave Hillman, Dwight Hillman, Eugene Hillman,
Denton Gary, Paul Gary, Roger Davis and Emerson Brown.
The family will receive friends from
noon until the time of service in the parlor at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church.
Those wishing to share memories or messages of sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700, is serving the family of Mr. Quillen.

Published in the
Bristol Herald Courier on 6/1/2007.