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PETER G BEESON was born in Texas but grew up in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.
He holds a BA and MA from the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Nebraska in 1970 to attend graduate school and
received a PHD in Medical Sociology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1979.
He spent some 22 years in State Government directing research and planning relative to Nebraska's Health and Human Services
System and four years as the Associate Director of the Nebraska Humanities Council. He is the Past President of the
National Association of Rural Mental Health, former editor of the journal Rural Mental Health,
and a recipient of both the "Victory I Howery Award" for significant contributions to rural mental health and the
Nebraska Rural Health Association's "Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award."
He has held academic appointments at the University of Texas Austin, University of Oklahoma, the University of
Nebraska Lincoln, Doane College, and University of Nebraska Omaha.
He has a wide range of academic and professional publications related to mental health, rural issues, and public health.
His poetry has been published in Nebraska Life, Rural Mental Health, Report of the National Action Commission on the
Mental Health of Rural Americans, Rural Voices, and Sparking Memories.
His photographs appear on the front covers of books by two Nebraska authors; as part of the Smithsonian Institutionís
traveling exhibit "Key Ingredients;" and in such publications as Humanities, Nebraska Life, and
Rural Mental Health. Currently retired, he is a regular contributor of both photography and essays to
Nebraska Life and The Journal of Rural Mental Health.
He lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughter.