Beary
12/21/2013See below.Mary ZimmermanEvanston, IllinoisDecember 23, 2013
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Beary, you are very much missed at the Metropolitan Opera! Our rehearsals are just not the same without you....We promise to take good care of your mom for you.Carrie-Ann Matheson - February 24, 2014
Beautiful dog!! Rest in peace Beary!Alexia Abrams - January 28, 2014
Beary, I'm having trouble getting my message to post... Maybe this is not a dog friendly site? It was an honor to be your canine friend. You were a fine and loyal fellow. And you always exhibited a healthy skepticism about humans.Herschel Medak - January 23, 2014
Mary...
Your "about Beary" is so much about LIFE that reading it one would never suspect that Beary wasnt up to his old tricks right now showing the Italians how to LIVE!!!
I remember him with much love and bemusement form MPROUST days.
MaryBeth Peil - January 20, 2014
His company in the musician's pit. He was a wonderful companion and gentle soul. His physical presence at rehearsals will be missed, but his spirit will always be there. R.I.P. BearyRonnie Malley - January 16, 2014
Dear Beary,

I miss playing with you in the rehearsal room at OSF. I miss secretly putting the heart-shaped bracelet over your head and just watching you sit there looking at me like a cupid! What a beautiful and amazing adventure you had! I know you are still with us, as Mary put, in a different shape. So wonderful to getting to know you!

Mo
Mo Zhou - December 31, 2013
Beary was the first and only dog to enter the Metropolitan Opera with his own photo ID, putting him in the same company as the opera immortals who passed through our stage door --- from Callas to Pavarotti, whom Beary has now joined. Although he shed on our red carpet, he was better behaved than many who appeared in front of our footlights. His occasional bark during rehearsals served as timely reminders to our singers that their days of parking and barking on our stage were over. We will all miss opera's top dog. Peter GelbPeter Gelb - December 30, 2013
Dear Mary,

My heart goes out to you on the loss of Beary. I truly understand the love you have for him and the joy he brought to your life. Here's to celebrating Beary--and all the other pooches that make our world a better place.
Lori Kleinerman - December 30, 2013
Beary was a friend. That says it all. And he will be missed by us yet to transition as he has done. And he was mighty funny on those oh-so-expensive carpets of ARABIAN NIGHTS.allen gilmore - December 29, 2013
Dear Beary - From your first, nervous days at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC to your growing confidence as you followed your loving owner around (and onto) the regional stages of this country, you have won hearts everywhere you went. The world is a far better place for you having been in it and I will miss the gentle jingle of your collar under the tech tables and the optimistic tilt of your head at the unwrapping of any food! xoxo MaraMara Blumenfeld - December 29, 2013
Beautiful pup, another angel in Heaven just in time for Christmas.
My dog friend Charlie died two days later, I'm sure they're playing.
M L - December 28, 2013
The loss of a best friend is never easy. It sounds like you have wonderful memories to carry with you. I hope they help as time goes by.Susan Butera - December 28, 2013
I'm hurt that he left me nothing in his will.

Other than that, he was a spectacular dog with just about the luckiest life of any creature that ever lived, who had the great fortune to find an owner who built her life around him.
bruce norris - December 27, 2013
What a beautiful tribute to a perfect friend, a model of calm, of comic timing, and of devotion. No matter how hard we acted, he only had eyes for you.

"A boy. A girl. A snake. A dog."
Emily Knapp - December 27, 2013
"In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag"
-Auden
Nehal Joshi - December 26, 2013
so very sorry Mary- such a hard thing to lose such a friend. He had amazing life with you! Thinking of you today.Carol Prins - December 25, 2013
Am sorry to hear this Mary.
I still remember Beary curling up next to the Veena.
Love and hugs,
Sara Ranganathan - December 25, 2013
Mary,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a sweetheart he was.
Lauren Orkus - December 24, 2013
He was such a cute dog! We will all miss him very much... He is probably having an amazing time wherever he is now. :)Sadie Sims - December 24, 2013
Sweet Beary <3Wendy Turner - December 24, 2013
Awe Sweet Beary... I will always remember him in my JB audition , inspiration for my Wolf Poem after his nap in the closet. A sweet Soul that I was happy to meet and spend time with. Rest well sweet pup.. My thoughts are with you Mary... Peace and lightMonique Haley - December 24, 2013
Mary - I never knew Beary but based on your description and the memories from others, he seems to have been a truly exceptional friend. I am happy for the times you shared and very sorry for your loss.Nancy McDaniel - December 24, 2013
Dear Mary,

As you say, there is only one place, so Beary is with us in a different way. I admit to being thrown at first in the rehearsal room, but soon realized that Beary was a no-nonsense associate director who respected good choices.

Sending love

xops
Paul Stovall - December 24, 2013
Mary,
Beary was truly special and he will be missed dearly. Im keeping you in my thoughts. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of his life. Loads of love is headed your way.
Nebi Berhane - December 24, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss Mary. Beary was a wonderful addition to our, and every theatre. I have cleaned up after many more human patrons than I ever had to do for Beary. We will keep you both in our thoughts over the holidays.Chad Wachob - December 24, 2013
Mary,

We are grateful to have shared in a little of Beary's life with you. We will miss his gentle quality and playfulness. He was a sweet, wonderful dog. Your testimonial is beautiful.

Much Love to you from the three of us,

Raymond, Anne and Nora
Raymond Fox - December 24, 2013
Having Beary around the Goodman was a gift and his presence will be missed. So sorry for your loss.Teresa Rende - December 24, 2013
I'm very sorry for your loss, Mary. I'm glad I got to meet him and pet him even for just a short time. He seemed to have lived a great life. He was a sweet dog and a great companion.Kristin Villanueva - December 24, 2013
Mary,

So sorry to hear about Beary, one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. From the first time I met him during Secret in the Wings rehearsals, it was lovely to see him grow more comfortable with each successive process. I was there for one of those tech table incidents- Beary was startled by a noise and then more startled by his own strength and ability to make an even louder noise, which was so uncharacteristic of him.

He was a lovely presence and I think you were both fortunate to have each other.
Sara Gmitter - December 24, 2013
Mary,
Sending you loving thoughts. He was a lucky dog to have you in his life. Love, McCaela
McCaela Donovan - December 24, 2013
Dwarest Mary,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with me about beloved Beary. What an amazing dog!!!And, how blessed he was to have you, darling Mary!!!

With love,

Aunt GwenUncle Don and Mike
Gwen Tilley - December 24, 2013
Sweet Beary will be missed. Thank you for sharing his life with all of us. What a lucky dog he was to have found such a loving home with you. I will be thinking of him and of your great loss.Heidi McMath - December 24, 2013
Beautifully put, Mary, and I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew Beary for a very short time, but knew how loved he was.Kevin Carolan - December 24, 2013
As a dog lover I feel your pain. RIP little BarryPeter Calibraro - December 24, 2013
My favorite Beary memory was during an early run of Candide at the Goodman. Geoff Packard started singing It Must Be So and Beary decided to curl up next to Geoff on the floor. It was proof he had made the right decision in casting Geoff.Erik Lochtefeld - December 24, 2013
"Man's (Mary's) best friend". I am so sorry for your loss.
I will keep you in my prayers.
Leslie Africano
leslie africano - December 24, 2013
Mary, I always loved it when I'd be sitting in my office and Beary would walk past the doorway looking like he was heading for a meeting. I knew you would soon follow, but liked to imagine he was there working on a project of his own. During the meet and greet, I believe for Candide, he circled the room during introductions and spent a moment standing by me in the circle. I felt truly honored. He was such a sweet and lovable dog. I understand and truly sympathize for your loss.Kelly Rickert - December 24, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss, Mary. Beary was such a fixture in the rehearsal room. He will be missed.Alden Vasquez - December 24, 2013
Always brightened my day when Beary would pass my cubicle at the Goodman.Scott Podraza - December 24, 2013
Beary! My favorite memory was the look on his face as the Wolves rehearsed for the very first time for The Jungle Book; Beary was NOT impressed! And everyone erupted into laughter. Beary was wise. Beary was gentle. Beary was no bullshit. Beary kept it real. He was a participant in the creation of so many of your works, Mary...a true, loyal friend and companion, with presence and discerning taste. He may be gone, but his spirit lives on. Thinking of you during this sad time. XODenise Schneider - December 24, 2013
Dear, Sweet Beary. He was transformed by your love and what a beautiful thing that was to witness. We will miss him. Much love to you from me, Erik and Ellee.Laura Eason - December 24, 2013
Mary,

Sending you my deepest condolences on the loss of sweet Beary. I will never forget his joy of him seeing you at anytime and me trying to sneak glucosamine snacks to him. You do know where all dogs go, and I have no doubt his sitting smiling down on his Momma. Sending you all my love.

Barzin
Barzin Akhavan - December 24, 2013
Beautifully put, Mary.

Beary was lucky to have you, and you him.

I loved seeing him grow and change over the years from the dunes of the Arabian Nights to the oceans of Metamorphoses to finally (and most fittingly) the wild of the The Jungle Book.
Usman Ally - December 24, 2013
I remember when you first brought Beary to campus. He was so shy and skittish. I then watched as he became more and more comfortable (and sociable) with us all. I have to admit, until I saw it written down, I always thought his name was "Barry" and not "Beary." Probably my southern ear hearing incorrectly. One thing I do know, is that he was remarkably loved and cared for. Sending a big hug and healing wishes your way.E. Patrick Johnson - December 24, 2013
He brought such joy to every rehearsal day and created some wonderful memories. Beary was very lucky to have to you Mary. So sorry for your loss.Alison Cote - December 24, 2013
I love all the photos! Beary looks so happy in his element, in the woods. Thank you, Mary, for giving an unsocialized dog a chance to show that he could become just as great of a companion as any. You and Beary are an inspiration!Dr. Stacy Chirillo, DVM - December 24, 2013
What a sweetheart, caring, curious, and handsome dog. I also believe he is in a new form, and will always be in our hearts.

Beary will be sorely missed during rehearsals.

Much love.
Vin Kridakorn - December 24, 2013
I'll miss his cameos in Zimmerman shows and his occasional safaris under the tech table!T.J. Gerckens - December 24, 2013
Ryan Pehrson - December 24, 2013
So sorry for your loss, Mary.

With love,

Jeff Parker
Jeff Parker - December 24, 2013
What a beautiful obit. Thank you for the stories and the photos. Beary was really photogenic, so handsome! He was special, to you and to us. He will be missed truly. Thank you for bringing him to our rehearsals. He added so much to the space. Fondest memory of him during White Snakes: he went under the prop table and just sat there, refused to come out.
My thoughts are with you Mary. And you are absolutely correct about where Beary is now. With us. Now. Although we can't physically see him or hear him, he's still there. With us.
Much love to you. Always.
Wai Yim - December 24, 2013
Mary, I have many fond memories of Beary. What a sweet and special dog. Much love to you. StaceyStacey Yen - December 24, 2013
He looks like he had the best life any dog could hope for. What a wonderful friendship you had. May you find comfort in it.Teddi Fishman - December 24, 2013
Greetings to Beary in his new form! May you now eat cheeseburgers though countless windows, reverently attend rehearsals across continents, and always remind us that we are each infinitely more valuable than our "50% off" sales tags. Sending you much love, Mary, during this transition.Eliza Shin - December 24, 2013

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