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William Murray Becker, beloved husband, passed away Nov. 2, 2011, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Mr. Becker was born Feb. 6, 1927 in Geneva, New York, the son of the late Edward F. Becker and Cecelia Murray Becker.
Mr. Becker leaves behind his beloved wife, Doreen (Pierotti) Becker, to cherish his memories of 57 years; one sister, Jean Rogan, Melbourne, Fla.; nephew James Rogan and his daughters Jamie and Jill, Springfield, Va.; Robert Rogan of Washington, D.C.; Patrick Rogan, wife Linda and son Emmett of Easton, Md.; a niece, Mary Hardy and husband Randy, and their two children, Kelly, her husband Chez Filippini and daughter Lucia and son Kevin Hardy, Melbourne, Fla.; niece Sue and her husband Chris Steinberg and their two children Tommy and Kathleen of Farmingdale, N.J.; one sister-in-law, Carol Ann Brodie, Reynoldsville; nephew Shawn Brodie; and grandnephew Darrin M. of Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Becker was preceded in death by one nephew, Mike Rogan, and one brother-in-law, Robert Rogan.
Mr. Becker graduated from DeSales High School, Geneva, New York and City College of New York. He served in World War II with the U.S Army 88th Infantry stationed in Italy. After the war he continued his education and graduated from the University of Miami. Graduate of Buffalo Radio Institute, Bendix Electronics School in Owings Mills, Md. and Satellite Communications, Pasadena City Collage in California.
Mr. Becker worked for WINZ, WPCF-TV and WJDM-TV in Florida where he created and hosted various programs. He then worked for Bendix in Ownings Mills, Md. His work took him to Camp Roberts in Paso Robels and Barstow, Calif. where he worked with different space programs including the Apollo II project. He finally settled in Pasadena, Calif. where he worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mr. Becker volunteered and was past President of the City of Hope Chapter in Pasadena, Calif. He also was an instructor with Dale Carnegie in public speaking and public relations.
Mr. Becker and Doreen decided to retire on the east coast and moved to Palmyra, Va. in 2000, where they became members of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Becker was an avid reader of history with a particular interest in the Civil War. He loved his country and enjoyed traveling with Doreen to various places of interest.
We gratefully acknowledge the loving and attentive care given Mr. Becker by his doctors, nurses and aides at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
A memorial service for Mr. Becker will be given a later date.