13 Juni 2008

Total Weird Random Coincidence

Hugh Beaumont, the avuncular American actor who played Ward Cleaver on the archtypical 1950s television series Leave It to Beaver, and Talcott Parsons, an eminent American sociologist, both died in Munich while making routine trips there. Beaumont, who died in 1982 at the age of 73, was visiting his son, a professor of psychology, while Parsons was visiting Germany for professional reasons. Parsons died in 1979 at the age of 77. Interestingly, while Parsons's father had been a Congregationalist minister, Beaumont himself was an ordained Methodist minister. Let's see...what other facile comparisons might we make:

Both were born in the 1910s.
Both were white.
Both are largely forgotten.
Both were born in landlocked--and adjacent--states (Beaumont was born in Kansas, and Parsons in Colorado).
Both had sons in academia (Parsons's son Charles was an eminent professor of the philosophy of Mathematics).
Both wrote and published.

Too easy.