Albert Reynolds Beal, 83, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a lawyer, died July 17 at the home of his daughter in Annapolis, Md., where he had been a resident for the past three years.

Mr. Beal retired in 2000 as a legal cost consultant for Legalgard, a legal cost control consulting firm. Earlier he had served as interim counsel to the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, as head of the legal department at the Buckeye Pipeline Co., and as assistant general counsel at the Philadelphia Electric Co.

He began his legal career at Krusen, Evans & Byrne in Philadelphia, where he became a successful litigator in state and federal courts.

Born in Newburgh, N.Y., he was raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Rockport, Mass. He was a graduate of The Choate School and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

He served in the Army as a second lieutenant in the Korean War, earning the Korean Service Medal, the U.N. Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

A longtime resident of Chestnut Hill, Mr. Beal was an active member of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where he participated in the Stephen Ministry program, a one-on-one care-giving ministry.

He wrote and published book and film reviews and took part in the Great Books program. He was an avid sailor.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Beal; sons Albert R. Beal, of Philadelphia, Bryan M. Beal, of Horsham, and Michael Luk, of Hong Kong; daughters Nell West, of Annapolis, Md., and Helene Manley Beal, of Philadelphia; a sister, Venie Darling, of Washington, D.C., and two grandchildren. A sister, Mary Beal Wendell, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held in Philadelphia in the fall. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 500 East Plume St., Norfolk, VA 23510, or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.