|JACK BEATTIE - Jack Breslin Life Achievement Award Winner - 2012|
Dr. Jack Beattie - 2012 Jack Breslin Life Achievement Award
Dr. Jack Beattie is a retired orthodontist, born in Bay City Michigan. The Beatties reside in Winter Park, Florida.
At an early age Jack distinguished himself as a high school state champion All American swimmer, followed by his competitive swimming career at Michigan State University [‘52-‘56] where under Coach Charles MacCaffree Jr. he received the outstanding freshman swimmer award and became an NCAA All American. Some
years later he was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame and was honored to give that year’s commencement address. He was also inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame.
He re-launched his competitive swimming career in the 70’s by entering into United States Masters Swimming [USMS] competition where he subsequently won multiple national championships and set national age group records. USMS competition eventually led to his assault on FINA world records while traveling to international meets in ten different countries. His three gold medal performance, including a world record in Tokyo in
1986, earned him recognition in Sports Illustrated. He also received an Athlete of the Year Award from the Orlando Sentinel when he simultaneously held five world age group records in different events. His most memorable national competition was in 1990 when he won six out of six events while setting two world age group records in the 50 meter and 100 meter backstroke events. Jack subsequently entered into open water competition, swimming the Maui Channel [Lanai to Maui] and also winning his age group in the 2.3 mile, Twenty First Annual Waikiki Rough Water Swim.
His masters swimming career was punctuated by swimming the English Channel in August, 2000 on a relay of six swimmers. This officially sanctioned competition resulted in the Channel Association’s Award for the fastest relay crossing of the year. Jack was also a recipient of the 2006 Heusner Service Award from MSU Swimming and Diving. In 2010 Jack was the subject of a T.V. documentary that has been aired nationally on the PBS
television show Growing Bolder, It featured his 21st annual invitational lake swim.
After receiving his B.A. degree from MSU in 1956, Jack received his DDS from the University of Michigan in 1960, and an M.S. in his specialty of orthodontics from Case Western Reserve University in 1963. As a research fellow, his thesis on Facial Growth and Development was awarded second prize in the American Association of Orthodontists [AAO] annual Milo Hellman Research Competition. He subsequently lectured in Lima Peru, and at orthodontic meetings in the USA. He was elected as a delegate to the American Dental Association for 22 years, and as a delegate and council member to the AAO for 27 years. Jack is well recognized in the profession of dentistry as a member of the honorary organizations, The American College of Dentistry, The International College of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
In his specialty, he has received the Florida Association of Orthodontists’ Distinguished Service Award, as well as the Southern Association of Orthodontists’ Oren Oliver Distinguished Service Award in 2007. The one word that would best describe Jack, is ‘’passionate’’ in whatever the endeavor, and that same passion is translated into his love of MSU.