Dorothy Beech passes at 87

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 24, 2000) Dorothy Beech, who became one of NASCAR's first employees in 1951 and rose to become the sanctioning body's assistant treasurer, died Saturday. She was 87. Beech, who retired in 1975 but retained her...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 24, 2000) Dorothy Beech, who became one of NASCAR's first employees in 1951 and rose to become the sanctioning body's assistant treasurer, died Saturday. She was 87.

Beech, who retired in 1975 but retained her title, was one of a handful of early employees to be honored during NASCAR's 50th Anniversary celebration in 1998. In recent years she would pay visits to the office and in 1999 she was a guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by NASCAR for its newest employees.

"I am saddened at the loss of Dorothy," NASCAR president Bill France said Monday. "She gave a great deal of her energy to my family in the formative years of NASCAR. The thoughts and prayers of the France family and everyone at NASCAR goes out to Dorothy's family."

Beech, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1945. She recalled her early days with the sanctioning body in an interview for the July 1972 NASCAR Newsletter.

"I guess you'd have to say I'm the original NASCAR employee," she said. "I came to work for NASCAR in March 1951 and there was just one other girl in the office. We did the accounting and the point fund and the mail room chores and the secretarial work and at night we did the news releases."

Beech is survived by two nieces, Beth Hollis of Daytona Beach and Carol Greenlee of Virginia; one nephew, Charles Hollis Jr. of South Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Betty Hollis of Daytona Beach and Margareth Williamson of Virginia, and several grandnieces, grandnephews and great-grand nephews and nieces.

The family said memorial donations could be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Counties, 3800 Woodbrier Trail, Port Orange, Fla., 32119.

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