Even in death Beatty, who died on August 14, chose good companions to enter into the next world, as this was the same week iconic singer Aretha Franklin and former secretary-general of the UN Kofi Annan were being mourned, those close to him said.
Beatty was well known as a first-rate paediatrician and for his involvement in the Sarah Fox Hospital and Harry Crossley foundation.
Beatty spent 39 years at UCT as a paediatrician and clinical immunologist, becoming professor of paediatrics and child health in 1991, with a stint as acting dean in 1998.
He initiated and guided the development of the Children’s Hospital Trust. Most recently he was involved in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit redevelopment and the new Emergency Centre.