Bethel E. Nathan, 68, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from his home in Houston. Bethel was a native Houstonian born on August 19, 1944. He graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in 1962 and studied at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
He worked at Capital Records in Los Angeles, CA; served as Chief Accountant for Motown Records in Detroit, MI, eventually forming The Nathan Group, a political consulting firm he ran with his late wife, Sandra A. Nathan. He offered refreshing and revolutionary insight into the habits of the voter, drawing conclusions and suggestions which often ran counter to traditional tactics.
From the White House, to U.S. Senators, to Congressmen, governors and municipal officials, all have respected Bethel Nathan’s counsel and carried out his recommendations. Syndicated columnist David Broder described Bethel Nathan’s strategies as “the tip of a growing movement which may transform American politics.”
Bethel Nathan’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, “Firing Line” with William F. Buckley, National Public Radio and the “TODAY SHOW.” He was preceded in death by his late wife, Sandra A. Nathan, and is survived by his four children, Rodney E. Nathan, Erick A. Nathan, Bethel Alexis Nathan and Dr. Marjorie N. Person; first wife, Eva Gordon Matthews; long-time companion, Dorothy Harvey; nine grandchildren, Taylor Nathan, Cameron Nathan, Brianna Nathan, Jacqueline Nathan, Alexis Nathan, Olivia Nathan, Ebony Nathan, Bryan Nathan and Mikayla Person; son-in-law, daughters-in-law and a number of cousins, friends and close business associates.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl B. and Johnnie Mae Howard Nathan. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3015 N. MacGregor Way, Houston, TX.