Beatrice Hadinger

Obituary of Beatrice Moroney Hadinger

Beatrice Moroney Hadinger, 89

Bea (known in her youth as Bebe) was born August 29, 1934, in Enid, Oklahoma to James and Beatrice (Heibel) Moroney. At an early age, she moved with her parents and older sister Martha to Casper, Wyoming.  When she was a teenager, she lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Cathedral High School in Denver, she attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating with a degree in Mathematics and minor in Physics.

Following graduation, Bea moved to Westwood, CA to take a job in the growing aerospace industry. She met the love of her life Richard (Dick) Hadinger through mutual friends at a BBQ. Dick and Bea were married in 1958 and Bea set aside her career to raise a large family. During their 52-year marriage, they raised a loving family of six children. In addition to raising a large family, Bea was passionate about science and education. She served for several years as a docent at the California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles; eventually becoming president of the docents and dedicating her knowledge of math and science to help children and adults expand their knowledge of the world. Bea and Dick retired to Poway, CA where Bea continued to serve as a docent at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and was recognized as an ARCS Light for advancing science in America and her service as co-president of the San Diego chapter. Throughout her life, Bea loved the outdoors and raised her family to hike, ski, and explore the beauty of the natural world. Bea shared these passions with her children during frequent trips to cabins they bought in the California mountains, initially in nearby Wrightwood and eventually the high sierras of Mammoth Lakes.

Bea’s faith in the Lord was a cornerstone to her life. Besides her commitment to nurturing love for her family, Bea also had a passion for cooking. She loved to host parties and family events and passed her love for culinary creativity to her children.

Bea passed into heaven October 03, 2023, at her apartment in Tucson, AZ.

Bea is survived by her sister, Martha McGavin; six children Peter (Cheryl), Tom (Cindy), Jane, Mary, Bill (Veronique), and Tim (Melisa); 15 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on November 10, 2023 at St Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad, CA.

If you would like to make a memorial gift to help advance science and technology in the name of Beatrice Hadinger, please visit ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, San Diego chapter.


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