Dr. Curt Beechan

Curt Beechan 2012
Professor of Chemistry

Curt serves as the Professor of Chemistry at Sterling College, where he likes that he can share his faith through the subject he teaches. He received the McCreery Teaching Award in 1996. Before arriving to Sterling in 1986, Curt was an assistant professor at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, Calif. Curt genuinely feels that God called him to Sterling where he can teach and get to know his students in a Christian atmosphere. In his spare time, Curt enjoys photography, fishing, fireworks and spending time with wife, Cindy, and daughter, Alexys.


Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University
B.S. in Chemistry from University of California


M. Fukuda, C. M. Beechan, M. Verlander, M. Goodman, M. M. Khan, and K. Melmon, "Conjugates of Catecholamines-VII. Synthesis and b-Adrenergic Activity of Peptide Catecholamine Conjugates", International Journal of Peptide and Protein Research, 29, 300 (1987).

E. Ayanoglu, T. Gebreyesus, C. M. Beechan, and C. Djerassi, "Terpenoids-LXXVI. Precapnelladiene, a Possible Biosynthetic Precursor of the Capnellane Skeleton", Tetrahedron, 35, 1035 (1979).

C. M. Beechan and J. J. Sims, "The First Synthesis of Fimbrolides, a Novel Class of Halogenated Lactones Naturally Occurring in the Red Seaweed Delisea fimbriata (Bonnemaisoniaceae)", Tetrahedron Letters, 1649 (1979).

E. Ayanoglu, T. Gebreyesus, C. M. Beechan, C. Djerassi, and M. Kaisin, "6-9(12)-Capnellene, a New Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbon from the Soft Coral Capnella imbricata", Tetrahedron Letters, 1671 (1978).

C. M. Beechan, C. Djerassi, and H. Eggert, "The Sesquiterpenes from the Soft Coral Sinularia mayi", Tetrahedron, 34, 2503 (1978).

C. M. Beechan, "Investigation of Terpenoids from the Soft Coral Sinularia mayi", Ph.D. Dissertation, Stanford University (1977).

C. M. Beechan, C. Djerassi, J. S. Finer, and J. Clardy, "Sinularene, a Sesquiterpene Hydrocarbon Based on a Novel Skeleton from the Soft Coral Sinularia mayi", Tetrahedron Letters, 2395 (1977).

J. F. Monthony, C. M. Beechan, and W. H. Okamura, "Preparation of Tricyclo[,5]undeca-3,8,10-triene a Norbornenone Route from Cycloheptatriene", Tetrahedron, 28, 4285 (1972).

W. H. Okamura, J. F. Monthony, and C. M. Beechan, "The Synthesis of 1,2,3-Trichloro- and 2,3-Dichlorobicyclo[2.2.1]hep-2-en-7-one. A Selective Reduction of Bridgehead Chlorine", Tetrahedron Letters, 1113 (1969).


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Contact Information

Phone: (620) 278-4238
Email: cbeechan@sterling.edu