Arthur Leroy Beechert Sr.
Mary Josephine "Mae" Cody
George Frank Schuh
(Abt 1907-)
Margaret Telashia
(Abt 1908-)
Arthur Leroy "Beech" Beechert Jr.
Joyce Margaret Schuh
Debora Joyce Beechert


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1. Andrew Arthur Lichtenberg Sr.

Debora Joyce Beechert 2 3

  • Born: 12 Jan 1956, New York, New York, NY 3
  • Marriage (1): Andrew Arthur Lichtenberg Sr. in 1979 in , Queens, NY 1

   FamilySearch ID: GVHH-VCY.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Newspaper: Times Record: Debora Joyce Beechert acting in theatre at Albany State University, 17 Mar 1976, Troy, Rensselaer, NY, USA. 4 ALBANY -- A free adaptation of Robinson Jeffer's version of "Medea" is being directed by Edward Mendus, associate professor of theatre at Albany State University, for presentation in the Arena Theatre of the university's Performing Arts Center, today through Sunday. Included in the cast are several area residents: Deborah Lee Smith and Curt Richardson, from Albany, Robert Marcelle from Greenville and Georgia Tucker, also from Albany. Other university students in the cast include Pearl Stratyner, Larry Harris, J.E. Parker, Debora Joyce Beechert.

2. Newspaper: Daily Hampshire Gazette: Debora Opens Vet Clinic, 19 Sep 1992, Northampton, Hampshire, MA. 5 (photo) Debora Lichtenberg shown with her dog Bitsy will open Pelham's first small-animal clinic next month.
Veterinarian realizes dream in Pelham
PELHAM \emdash Standing in the middle of the soon-to-be examining room veterinarian Debora Lichtenberg sighed as she gazed at the floor thick with sawdust and plasterboard splotched with putty. "I still can't believe that this is going to happen" Lichtenberg said. On Oct. 1, Lichtenberg will open her own small-animal clinic \emdash Pelham's first \emdash at 2 Belchertown Road. Opening her own clinic has been a dream of Lichtenberg's ever since she graduated four years ago from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She wanted to be in control of her work life and be at home with her 9 year-old twin sons Nicholas and Drew. "I've always had a dream of working out of the house" said Lichtenberg, 36, who got a master's in theater arts from the Unversity of Massachusetts in Amherst before switching careers. Since graduating from veterinary school in 1988, Lichtenberg has worked in several veterinary hospitals and at the Philadelphia Zoo before moving to Amherst more than three years ago. After a brief stint at the Pioneer Valley Animal Hospital in Amherst, Lichtenberg was hired as an associate vet at the Valley Veterinary Hospital in Hadley where she worked for three years before resigning last month. Last year Lichtenberg began seriously pursuing her dream when she decided the only way she could be treated on an equal level with her male counterparts was to strike out on her own. "Veterinary medicine is still in the dark ages as far as women's rights" said Lichtenberg. "Even if you have a commitment and intend to work hard don't think you get treated fairly if you're a woman." After she and husband Andrew found the 6 1/2-acre farm with a renovated 19th-century farmhouse and a barn with a built-in office, the Lichtenbergs approached the Pelham Zoning Board about granting them a variance to put a business on the property which is zoned residential agricultural. "The zoning board just looked at us and said 'We don't grant variances'" recalls Lichtenberg. But the board did grant them a special home occupancy permit which allowed them to run a business out of their home. "Our paperwork was given to all of the boards," said Lichtenberg. "We discussed our plan with them and they liked it. It was nice discussing it with them." The hard part was getting loans to pay for the property, renovations to the barn and equipment needed. They got a mortgage to pay for the property which they purchased for $190,000 and a loan from the Bank of Boston's $3 billion program for small businesses for the rest. With the house bought and loan settled the Lichtenbergs moved from their Market Street house in Amherst to Pelham in mid-July and began spending every spare moment from their full-time jobs renovating the barn into a hospital, updating the septic system, and slowly moving in. Things are almost ready for opening day, scheduled for Oct. 1. In the barn the reception counter is done, the tub's installed and plasterboard lines the old bam walls. "If you want some control over what you do, you have to own your own business," said Andrew Lichtenberg. Until she offically opens, Lichtenberg is making house-calls and taking in sick pets for her friends. Watching his wife examine a bird with an infected eye, Andrew Lichtenberg said, "I've never seen anyone who has such a gift of relating to animals like I've seen Deb."

3. Residence: on 19 Sep 2009 in Pelham, Hampshire, MA, USA. 6

4. Residence: on 9 Feb 2015 in Pelham, Hampshire, MA, USA. 2

5. Newspaper: The Recorder: Real Estate: Deerfield: Arthur L. Beechert to Debora Lichtenberg of Pelham, 13 Lee Road, $1., 27 Feb 2015, Greenfield, Franklin, MA, USA. 7

6. Newspaper: Daily Hampshire Gazette: Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital in Pelham to sell practice, 28 May 2018, Northampton, Hampshire, MA. 8 ---
In good hands: Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital in Pelham to sell practice
(photo) The Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital in Pelham will soon be changing hands from its founder, Dr. Debora Lichtenberg, to Dr. Molly Jackson, who joined the practice in 2015.
(photo) Dr. Debora Lichtenberg, left, gets a hug from longtime client Marcie Sclove after treating her dog.
(photo) Sclove and Dr. Lichtenberg in the reception area of Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital.
"It's frightening only in the most exciting way," said Jackson. On May 1, the Lichtenbergs sent out around 2,500 letters to customers of the practice announcing the transfer, as well as their coming departure. The letter also invited people to a June 2 celebration at the practice to say goodbye to them and welcome Jackson. "To say goodbye and hello," said Debora Lichtenberg. She said that she's already received an unexpected amount of well-wishing. "I didn't expect this outpouring of people saying the nicest things," Debora said. "Stop & Shop is like, free for all," she continued. "Even though Amherst is a pretty big town it doesn't feel like that." The Lichtenbergs came to the Valley when they both attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for graduate school, where they received master of fine arts degrees \emdash Andrew in directing and Debora in theater. "We spent four years here and loved it," she said. Debora went on to attend veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her veterinary medical degree, or VMD, the equivalent of a doctor of veterinary medicine, or DVM, at other colleges. However, the couple wanted to explore raising their identical twin boys in western Massachusetts and, 30 years ago, they moved back. "We came back with the idea of seeing how we liked it," said Debora.
A business begins: Four years later, the couple founded Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital, with Debora as the veterinarian and Andrew as practice manager. They chose to set the practice up in a converted poultry barn, where it has remained ever since. When the practice started, it sported a staff of one in addition to the owners. Now, counting the Lichtenbergs, the hospital employs 12 people. "We grew little by little," said Debora. Currently, the practice counts close to 3,000 clients. Jackson, 34, said that she'd been looking to return to the area. Previously she'd practiced in southern Vermont, in the Pittsburgh area, and on Cape Cod. Jackson got her veterinary degree from Tufts University, and although she originally desired to go into large animal medicine, she transitioned into small animal medicine, which includes cats and dogs. Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital is a small animal practice. "I loved it though," said Jackson, speaking of working with large animals. "I don't miss that at all," shared Debora, who said that she did large animal medicine in vet school and "hated every minute of it." Although she and her family didn't send their pets to Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital growing up, Jackson discovered after she started working there that a number of people that she knew from that period of her life are clients. "My music teacher from elementary school was a client here, and my librarian," she said. Debora, 62, said that when she was in veterinary school, women were a minority in the profession. "Women were unusual at that time," said Debora. Indeed, while Debora said that Penn had accepted a high number of women at the time, she estimated that the number in her class was 25 percent. Those numbers, however, have flipped and then some. "It's a female predominant occupation now," said Debora, who has written about the change. Now, she estimated that number at Penn would be 85 percent women. Jackson said that her graduating class in Tufts was 87 women and 13 men. Indeed, Andrew, 64, is currently the only male working at the hospital. Debora said that she and her husband's sons, now 34, both loved growing up in the Valley, though it did give them a bit of a culture shock when they left. "You didn't tell us the rest of the world was different from Amherst, mom," said Debora, paraphrasing her sons, who now live in Washington, D.C., and Manhattan respectively. At their height, the pets that the Lichtenbergs had consisted of 11 cats, three dogs, a parrot, chinchilla, Debora said, rattling off the top of her head. "There was more, but you get the idea," said Debora. "It was a riot." Now, however, they have only one dog and one cat. Jackson has a 4-year-old daughter, Avery, and she said that she is excited to raise her in the house and the practice. "She loves coming here already" said Jackson. Debora said that Andrew, whom she described as a "sentimental nut," is also very happy about this. "The idea that there's a little kid in the house, he is thrilled," she said.
New ownership: Jackson also said that she felt comfortable at the prospect of living near her work. Neither Jackson nor Debora expressed concern about boundaries with clients when it comes to Jackson living next door to the practice. Nevertheless, Debora said that this was not always the case. "Back in the day, there were less boundaries," she said. The business transfer is being made possible by a loan from the Small Business Administration through Live Oak Bank for the property, as well as another loan for the practice from Wells Fargo Practice Finance. Debora said that while there is certainly a market for established veterinary practices, she is glad that she was able to sell to an employee. "There's not a big feel that's going to change here," said Debora. Although she hadn't brought it up right away, she indicated that she had eyed Jackson as a potential candidate to take over the business from the time of her hiring. "I was really happy when Molly applied for the job," said Debora. "I was happy that they said yes too," chimed in Jackson. For her part, Jackson said that she'd never considered being able to have her own practice until coming to work at Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital. "It wasn't in my radar w h a t s o e v e r, " she said. However, after coming to the hospital, Jackson said that such a move made sense in terms of where she wanted to be and the medicine she wanted to practice. "I love the feel here," she said. Jackson said that she d o e s n't expect much to change at Lichtenberg Veterinary Hospital. "I like the way it is," said Jackson. "I want it to keep the family feel." Debora did say that both Jackson and Dr. Beth Pelletier, a veterinarian who started at Lichtenberg a few months after Jackson and will continue on as an associate, will bring in different techniques. "I bought them an ultrasound because I was never gonna learn to use it," said Debora. "It's exciting and sad," said Pelletier, of the transition. "I'm hopeful for good things to come." She also wished the Lichtenbergs the best. Emily Zuhusky, who has been working at Lichtenberg since 1996, endorsed the turnover. "I think it's a good transition," said Zuhusky. "We like Dr. Jackson a lot." Asked if she'd be adding a large-animal component to the business, Jackson said that she didn't think so. "Now I love this," she said. However, Jackson did say that she would be interested in possibly doing some large animal work on the side. On why they'd decided to relocate to New York City, Debora Lichtenberg said that she has family in New York. Debora said that she has attained her license to practice in New York and plans to continue to practice in either a volunteer or professional cap a c i t y. She also said that she's considering going to places like Puerto Rico to volunteer at spaying and neutering animals. "I would love to do something like that," she said. As for Andrew, he said that he plans on trying to get better at the piano, maybe writing some music, and doing a lot of reading. "I'd like to relax," said Andrew, noting that he's been working since he was a kid. Debora's last day working will be on June 26. Two days after that, the Lichtenberg's will drive off to New York. Debora also said that her husband suggested she be working when the moving truck arrives, so she won't get too emotional. Andrew said that even though people advised them against working together, it's been a wonderful experience. "It was the greatest thing," he said. "We had a great time." He also said that he appreciated being able to pass on something that will continue going after he's left, which he also said happened in his theater career. "It's great to build something that survives you," he said.

Debora married Andrew Arthur Lichtenberg Sr., son of Philip Lichtenberg and Elsa Russell, in 1979 in , Queens, NY.1 (Andrew Arthur Lichtenberg Sr. was born on 7 Oct 1953 in New York, New York, NY 9.)


1, "New York, U.S., New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995," Debora J. Beechert m. Andrew A. Lichtenberg 1979 Queens NY.

2 Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), 14 Feb 2015, obituary of Arthur L. "Beech" Beechert Jr.

3, "New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965," Debora Beechert b. 12 Jan 1956 New York City, NY.

4 "The Times Record (Troy, NY)," 17 Mar 1976 page 10.

5 Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), 19 Sep 1992, page 13. Veterinarian Debora Lichtenberg Opens Clinic.

6 The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA), 7 Mar 2010, page E2. Lichtenberg-Bennett Wedding.

7 "The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)," 27 Feb 2015, page C8.

8 Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA), 28 May 2018, page B6.

9, "New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965," Male Lichtenberg b. 7 Oct 1953 New York NY.

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