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Frederick Wright Beck ’61

Published in Oct. 7, 1998, issue

Our classmate Fred Beck died Jan. 4, 1998, after a long struggle with cancer.

A native of New Haven, Fred attended The Gunnery and then served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division before coming to Princeton. At Princeton he was active in the Veterans' Center, Theatre Intime, and the Savoyards and was a member of Campus Club. A politics major, he wrote his thesis on "Public Opinion on Entering WWII, 193741." Subsequently he earned his law degree at the U. of Connecticut. In due course he became a chartered property casualty underwriter and a chartered life underwriter, consistent with his specializing in insurance law.

A resident of Western Springs, Ill., Fred was active in the general synod of the United Church of Christ and the Plymouth Place Retirement Community. He was also a member of the ABA, the Intl. Assn. of Defense Counsel, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Fred is survived by his wife, Barbro, sons Alexander and Erik, sister Anne Doublier, and brothers John and Robert. A third brother, Franklin, predeceased him. We join his family in their grief.

The Class of 1961

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