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Kay Minkovitz Beynart

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“Bob and Kay were a centerpiece of the Law Firm. We remember them very fondly. Kay, of course, was a vibrant presence in everything of civic...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Tom Rhodes - Atlanta, GA

“We were truly saddened to hear of Kay passing, and send our deepest condolences to the family. Kay had so many talents and we were fortunate to have...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Sarah Kennedy - Atlanta, GA

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
3 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Beynart Family, condolences. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this grieving period. ”
4 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Daniel, Tim and Jennifer. Although we no longer live in Atlanta we happened to get the AJC the day your mom's obituary appeared. I am so sorry...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Sue Astley - Young Harris, GA

“David, I was reading the Atl JC and saw this beautiful lady's picture. I am so very sorry. Just wanted you to know I was thinking of your and her...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Lois Carbonell-Snyder - Bluffton, SC

“My sincere condolences to the entire family as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Remember that the same God that raised Lazarus from the grave...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the family and friends of Beynart. May the God of all comfort strengthen you through this difficult time. ”
8 of 39 | Posted by: R D - Fayetteville, GA

“May Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. John 17:3 ”
9 of 39 | Posted by: - GA

“Extending heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends over the great loss of your loved one Kay. May God comfort your heart and make you firm-2Thess...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“June was a popular month for Minkovitz birthdays; a grand time for fun on Tybee , crabbing from the pier or by the jetties; or Mtn. City with Mama...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Lucy Yeats - BAINBRIDGE, GA

“I have many fond memories of Kay and Bob. Our families grew up together on McClatchy Cir and our daughters still maintain a long distance contact. ...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Steve Kappel - Atlanta, GA

“With heartfelt sympathy to the family. May fond memories of your loved one comfort you at this time. Please consider Psalm 145:18, 19. May those...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“It is with great sadness that I extend sincere sympathy to the family of Kay, my dear friend for many, many years. Our daughters were born several...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Carrie Johnson Welter - Augusta, GA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
15 of 39 | Posted by: EG - Stone Mountain

“We offer our condolences. We pray in your behalf, and we offer the hope of welcoming back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm 37:29 ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Im very sorry for your loss. May Gods word comfort you as you go through this difficult time. Romans 15: 4 ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: S B - Austell, GA

“So sorry for your loss. May the peace of God and the love of friends comfort you in your time of sorrow. ”
18 of 39 | Posted by: DR - Decatur, GA

“So sorry to hear of Kay's passing. I have such great memories of our many battles to try to save neighborhoods, streets and the general livability...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Angela Cassidy - Atlanta, GA

“May faith sustain you and loving memories lift you up the prayer of many caring heart help heal your sorrow as you mourn the passing of your love one...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Oh how I've missed my cousin Kay. Please be at peace now.Love,Caryl ”
21 of 39 | Posted by: Caryl Paller - Atlanta, GA

“My sincere condolences to the family. Kay's legacy in Atlanta will never be forgotten by the planners and neighborhoods that marveled at her...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Bob Zoeckler - Clarkston, GA

“Like the entire Minkovitz clan, from Ike and Liz on down to the children, Kay was integral to the Kelly family growing up in Statesboro. Her grace,...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Ross Kelly - Commerce, GA

“Donna, Alan and David so sorry to hear about Kay. She was a wonderful person and always so friendly to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Hugh and Kay Deal - Statesboro, GA

“SO SORRY TO HEAR OF KAY'S PASSING. SHE WAS THE BIG SISTER TO DAVID, DONNA, AND ALAN WHICH MADE HER A BIG SISTER TO A LOT OF US IN THE STATESBORO AREA...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: HARRY TANKERSLEY - STATESBORO, GA

“Donna,David, Alan, -Deepest sympathy to you & family. Kay was a "big sister" to many. I will always remember her kindness & thankful for her...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. May our loving God be with you during this difficult time and May you find comfort in His word the bible, because he...Read More »
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28 of 39 | Posted by: Maura G

“It would take quite a while to write all the memories from Kindergarten through grade 12. Spending time at the Minkovitz beach house at Tybee,...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Cason Cartee - Statesboro, GA

“I have known the Minkovitz's most of my life. I know my brother Randy Durden , now deceased went to school with Kay. Prayers to the Family. ”
30 of 39 | Posted by: Darlene Durden Lastinger - GA

“Kay was a wonderful friend and cared passionately about what's best for Atlanta. May your memories keep you strong at this difficult time. ”
31 of 39 | Posted by: Sally Flocks - Atlanta, GA

“Heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. May your hearts be filled with gratitude and appreciation as you reflect on the time shared with her,as...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“We are sad to hear of Kay's passing. We were fortunate to stumble into Kay's friendship through Jennifer and Susan's babysitting our Kathryn and Ben...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Ellie Marshall - Jackson, GA

“I mostly just knew of Kay and only talked with her briefly on the phone once or twice but I knew she would stop in my father's drugstore on Roswell...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: David Mink - Haifa, Israel

“Kay was such an amazing woman! As a "baby enviro" and new Georgia Conservancy staff member back in the early 2000's, I was blessed to have been...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Crystal Jackson - Decatur, GA

“May Gods loving kindness comfort you and help you through this sad and difficult time. Psalms 119:50,76 ”
36 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“When I heard of Kay's passing yesterday I immediately (other than my personal memories growing up) remembered her as an activist. I remember...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Gloria Cassels Jackson - FL

“Kay was always so beautiful and gracious and I admired her proactive life We have a place to live and water to drink because of women like Kay ”
38 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Loveless - Statesboro, GA

“Long live Kay. Incredible caretaker of the planet. I will miss you greatly! ”
39 of 39 | Posted by: tom houck - atlanta, GA - Friend


Kay Minkovitz Beynart, 75, a longtime resident of Atlanta, Georgia, died on June 12, 2018 following complications from almost a decade of illness. She passed away peacefully at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA, surrounded by her family. She was a beautiful, loving mother and will be missed. Called "one of the most ubiquitous and least heralded citizen activists in metro Atlanta" in Creative Loafing Magazine's "Green Team" article in 2003, she threw herself into causes and conversations about the environmental impacts of transportation choices and land-use planning, as well as pedestrian safety, water issues, air pollution, public policy, and nature. A profile of "Eco-Divas" in the Atlanta INtown Paper (October 2007) called her "caring, committed, and fun-loving." Kay served on the Board of Visitors for Grady Memorial Hospital, the Urban Land Institute's Smart Growth Committee, the Common Cause Board, and the Atlanta Regional Commission Environment and Land Use Committee. She was a co-chair of the 2007 Georgia Conservancy Eco-Benefete, served as President of the North Buckhead Civic Association, and was a visible leader in the late 1980's legal fight against the extension of GA 400. Kay worked on staff for Mayor Maynard Jackson and for several Atlanta City Council members. Kay loved Tybee Island, Georgia, and spent time there every year since she was a child. She had a deep appreciation for the arts, collecting fine art throughout her lifetime. Kay attended Northwestern University in Chicago and then received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Simmons College in Boston. She was born in Statesboro, Georgia to the late Elizabeth DeLoach Minkovitz and the late Ike Minkovitz. She and her loving husband, the late Robert William Beynart, of Hudson, NY, were married for 35 years until his death in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Pachus (Christopher) of Needham, MA, son Daniel Beynart (Loretta) of Athens, GA, son Timothy Beynart (Tabatha) of Athens, Georgia; sister Donna Darracott (David) of Cumming, GA, brother David Minkovitz of Savannah, GA, brother Alan Minkovitz of St. Simons Island, GA, and grandchildren Elizabeth, William, Clayton, Tucker and Frances. Kay's family is grateful for the support of friends, caregivers, medical professionals and facility staff members who helped Kay (a self-described "tough cookie") face her health challenges. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Georgia Conservancy, 230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1250, Atlanta GA 30303 or the Tybee Island Historical Society, 30 Meddin Dr, Tybee Island, GA 31328. Her family will receive relatives and friends at the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday June 14th from 4-7pm. A celebration of Kay's life will be held on July 21 at 10 am at Canon Chapel, Emory University, 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. Burial will be private.