Tasker Beal Jr.
Beal, who worked for many years as a senior physicist for Constellation Technology in Largo, recently was honored by the Friends of Ridgecrest for his lifelong commitment to the Greater Ridgecrest community, an unincorporated area near Largo. At the event, Beal, 66, received a proclamation from the Pinellas County Commission making it Tasker Beal Jr. Day. He also learned that the local community center, a place where he tutored youth for more than 30 years, would be renamed the Tasker Beal Jr. Service Center. Beal, who was born in Ridgecrest, has served as a liaison between Pinellas County officials and the community to bring in needed services and funding. He continues to lead the Sunday school program at St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church and has helped establish several community programs. He and his wife, Daisy, have two grown children and three grandchildren. His son, Steven, a financial adviser, described Beal as a man of few words who has a "strong passion for the people in (the Ridgecrest) community.''
What's on your nightstand?
My nightstand has a Bible, and also, during the week, I work on Sunday school, and so right now it has Sunday school literature on it, and I normally practice mathematics. ... Right now I have a school book out, Mathematics and Action, published by McGraw-Hill.
You mean for fun you practice math?
For fun, yes.
Why do you think that is? When did you first get into it?
My father was a paving contractor, and as a teen, a young teen, I think, he had me help calculate how much it would cost to do a particular job.
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