Tibor Eliahu Beerman passed away on August 7, 2015. He was born August 13, 1935 in Berehovo, Czechoslovakia to the late Joseph Beerman and Jolan Herskovits Beerman. Tibor and his parents were survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. Tibor dedicated his teachings, book, and art on the Holocaust to the memory of his beloved brother, Gabor, who died in Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp.
In 1947 Tibor immigrated to America after winning a Hillel scholarship to study architecture at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. It was at UT that Tibor met his lovely wife of 61 years, Henrietta Altgelt Beerman. In 1952 he came to Galveston to design Temple B’nai Israel where he practiced architecture for over 50 years. In partnership with Ben Kotin in the 1950’s and 60’s, Tibor designed several notable Galveston homes and buildings, including the Galveston County Courthouse, Galveston Junior College, and the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Jacob. With his partners Louis, David, and Audrey Oliver, Tibor designed laboratories and clinics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, including the National Laboratory housed in the remodeled Keiller Building.
Despite the many trials in his life, Tibor found great joy in life and family. Tibor studied and spoke seven languages and took every opportunity to practice. Hungarian was his native tongue. When entertaining at home, he shared with company his love of Hungarian music. Every summer he packed up the kids in the car and took off to see America. Tibor loved Galveston, its eclectic architecture and evening swims in the Gulf. But most of all he loved its palm trees and from the start he began studying the island’s vegetation.
After the devastation of Hurricane Ike, Tibor and his family relocated to Georgetown, Texas where he found safety and comfort. In his final years, Tibor was thankful for the kindness of his new friends, Ruth, Maria, Cora, Jessica, Hilda, and Olga, as well as his old friends, Shantel and Ms. Eula Mae Head.
Surviving are his wife Henrietta Altgelt Beerman and his two daughters, Sylvia and Lillian Beerman.
Funeral services will be held at Temple B’nai Israel at 11:00 am on Tuesday August 11, 2015, with Rabbi Marshal Klaven officiating, followed by burial at the B’nai Israel Cemetery on 61st Street.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Temple B’nai Israel Building Fund or the Jewish Federation of Galveston County.