Clark BECK

Clark E BECK

Saturday, April 6th, 1929 - Sunday, June 14th, 2020
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Clark Eugene Beck, Sr

Dr. Clark Eugene Beck, Sr 91 of Dayton, Ohio passed on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Dr Beck was born on April 6, 1929 in Marion, Indiana to Frederick Douglas Beck and Mildred (Pettiford) Beck. He attended Marion HS, in Marion, Indiana. He continued his education at Virginia Union University and graduated with a BS in Mathematics, he went on to the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He had an illustrious 33 (+year) career as a civilian research engineer manager at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He obtained his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Cincinnati, who also bestowed an honorary Doctor of Science degree on him in 2003. After his retirement from Wright Patterson Air Force base, he became an assistant dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State. He designed and implemented the Wright STEPP (Science and engineering precollege program). He served as the first African American President of the Engineers Club of Dayton. He also served as president for The Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton, the City of Dayton Environmental Advisory Board, and the Engineer’s Foundation of Ohio. He was a member of the Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross and the order of the engineer, and a member of the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board of Trustees. He was a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. Clark was a faithful member of the Stillwater SDA church in Dayton, OH.

He was also big into volunteering; he carried the Olympic torch in Dayton. He was on the board of County Commissioners to serve on Montgomery County Planning Commission, volunteered for Grandview Hospital and on the board of College for Seniors at Sinclair.

He was awarded as an uncommon man in aerospace engineering. He was awarded the Presidential Award and was given a point of light from President Bush. President Bush also honored him regarding the Right Step Program; and he was the creator of Radiant Barrier.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Theodore, Cleo, John and sisters, Dora Maria, and Opha (Delores). He is survived by his loving wife, Gwendolyn Macon Beck, son Clark Jr. (Ramona), daughter Angela (Eric), grandchildren, Emory, Taylor and Jessye and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, stepchildren, family, and friends.

Clark received a kidney transplant in 1972 and he was always grateful for this amazing gift of life. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Life Center Organ Donor Network 615 Elsinore Place Suite 400, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or The National Kidney Foundation

Arrangements by Baker Hazel & Snider Funeral Home. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at
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Vince Miller

Posted at 04:21pm
I was a little surprised when I saw the obit. Clark was a nice guy and easy to work with. I first ran into him at Wright-Patt, working together on bringing in a national speaker for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for a technical talk. Even though I didn't see Clark the last few years, I always seemed to experience something that reminded me of him. What a great loss to his family, tech community, and church family. Rest in peace, my friend. Vince Miller

Bobby Robinson

Posted at 05:26pm
June 26, 2020

Dear Family of Brother Dr. Clark Eugene Beck, Sr.:

We mourn with you during the departure of your loved one and our Fraternity Brother. We were saddened to learn of his death. We have not ceased to pray that God will comfort the family during this time of bereavement.

Brother Dr. Beck, was an accomplished brother, professionally as well as fraternally. He had the heart of a true servant. Whether loving his family, managing engineers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, designing academic programs, serving on boards, volunteering in the community, or working for the Fraternity; Brother Dr. Beck always served with excellence. Brother Dr. Beck was the District Representative of the Fourth District (Ohio & West Virginia) from 1965 to 1968. This is the highest office in the District.

Family we understand the heartbreak felt at this time is overwhelming. However, take comfort in knowing; our loss on earth, is heaven’s gain in eternity. We beseech the entire family to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as we submit to God’s sovereignty. We have and will continue to pray for God’s peace to be upon you during this difficult time. Hence, be it resolved that the Fourth District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. encourages the family of Brother Dr. Clark Eugene Beck, Sr., this Twenty Sixth Day of June in the Two Thousand and Twentieth Year of our Lord with these words…

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm30:5). Brother Dr. Beck has completed his work in this earthly tabernacle. He endured the pains of failing health, and has now exchanged suffering in the temporal for healing in the eternal. Family, Brothers, and friends, Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith; so let us maximize our time and keep the Lord first and foremost in our lives.

God bless,

Brother Lamar T. Cole
29th Fourth District Representative &
The “Mighty” Fourth District Brotherhood

Stephen Ross

Posted at 01:00pm
Mr. Beck provided us (Stephen Ross & Ryan Olden) with an eye opening experience at young age through his vision of minority enrichment in engineering, business acumen and life skills during our time in the Wright Stepp program. Ryan went on to become an award winning hematology consultant while I pursued civil engineering and have completed multiple large scale projects throughout the country. He provided a foundation that we have maintained and the passion to give back through mentoring to generations that have come behind us. While we would prefer for him to remain with us, we stand up and salute his life’s body of work and are very grateful for his contribution to our lives.

Rest In Peace Mr. Beck. We salute you!

George Liston

Posted at 05:05pm
To Clark Beck's Family

My Condolences for the loss of Clark. I worked with Clark on the organizations of Sinclair's Life Long Learning Advisory Board and the Engineer's Club. He was known for his intellect and gentleness. He was truly a gentleman.

George Liston

Christopher M. Cooper Esq.

Posted at 11:46am
My heart felt condolences to the Family. We lost a great Brother.
Christopher M. Cooper Esq. 18 4th District DR

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