Benedictine Statement on Dr. Richard Becker
President of Illinois Benedictine College, 1976 to 1995
“We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Richard Becker. Dr. Becker’s dedication to students and commitment to higher education for young people is a lasting legacy and a guidepost for our continued work. He was an ambitious fundraiser, an innovative administrator and an uplifting leader. Generations of Benedictine students are better off because he worked so hard for what he believed. Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones as well as all in the Benedictine community who had the opportunity to work with him throughout the years. He will be sorely missed but well remembered.”
To view Dr. Becker’s obituary, click here.
From the 1993-94 Illinois Benedictine College Annual Report on Dr. Becker
“I never met anyone who could stand up to the pressures of his job, with such style and grace. It is an honor to know him.”
Editorial Board Member
“My favorite impression of Dr. Becker is his loyalty and consistency in his years as president of the College. I have seldom come across anyone with his sense of dedication and responsibility. Illinois Benedictine has prospered exceptionally well under his direction. He should have a permanent and important place in the history of the institution.”
Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera O.S.B.
Archbishop of Dubuque
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