(Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, 1983-1984)
Office of Planning and Evaluation, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, 1981-1983 (see separate inventory)
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Richard Smith Beal was born in Washington DC and raised in College Park, MD. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Southern California in International Relations. In 1979, he was a Fulbright-Hays senior lecturer at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Prior to joining the Reagan administration, Dr. Beal held the position of Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Brigham Young University.
During the 1980 campaign, Dr. Beal worked with Richard Wirthlin of Decision Making Information (DMI). Dr. Beal held the position of senior political analyst and was instrumental in the development of the Political Information System (PINS). During the transition, Dr. Beal served as Assistant Deputy Director for Planning and Evaluation for the Office of the President-elect.
Dr. Beal was named Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the Office of Planning and Evaluation in January 1981. He joined the National Security Council staff in June of 1983 as Senior Director of Crisis Management Support and Planning. Dr. Beal died on November 2, 1984 following surgery.