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I just remember my fiancé coming to visit his property class sitting in the back to be hidden in old January Hall. Prof. then proceeded to call on all 8 students circling her, never asking what she was doing there. He is my fondest memory in law school. Would have been to STL but had to be in Chicago as my daughter is getting married. Priorities?

Mahalo and Aloha

My best regards and wishes go to David, outstanding teacher and memorable friend for half a century and onward.

I can still clearly picture him in his classroom which is a cherished memory to me. I am sure that all the professors wanted their students to learn the law; to be able to handle themselves well as lawyers; to become good practicing lawyers. I thought David went beyond and made it feel that we were already in a law firm, discussing the problem together as equals. Solving legal problems was challenging and satisfying. On a human scale, it gave me confidence about becoming a lawyer, which, in the long run, was priceless.

Please relay my fondest mahalo and aloha.

-Joseph A. Kinoshita  JD66

From Property Law to Tax Law

I am a 1968 graduate of the WU School of Law and was privileged as a first year student to have Professor Becker as a teacher of property law.  To this day the words “fee tail male,” ”fee tail female” and “rule against perpetuities” send cold chills up my spine.  It may be that those days in Professor Becker’s property class had a strong influence in my deciding to become a tax attorney, a field in which I am still practicing, although I would venture to observe that tax law does not provide much more certainty as to conclusions than does property law.  Dr. Becker was one of several exceptional teachers in our freshman year.  His quiet demeanor and insightful analysis did exactly what a law professor is supposed to do—he taught me to think analytically—a trait that has carried me well in my career.  Please add my name to what I am sure is a long list of  former students saying “thank you” and best wishes to Dr. Becker.
 
-Lawrence Weltman JD68
 

A Friend!

What I remember and appreciate most about Dave Becker was really unrelated to law school. I was an uninspired and uninspiring law student back in 1965-1968.

I think it was after law school when Dave joined a slow pitch softball team I played on. He was a great teammate, happy to share post game beers and just hang out with the guys.

After a few years of legal practice, I left St. Louis and wandered west, initially teaching at an undergraduate college, then working in various fields such as community organizing, government, and ultimately TV production.  Along the way, I occasionally touched base with Dave with phone calls.

He was always sincerely interested in what I was doing, enthusiastic and supportive about my career trajectory and how I was utilizing law to influence changes in society. At best, I  was a mediocre student, yet Dave took the time to reflect back to me the value in my work and to encourage me along the way. Dave’s support meant a lot to me

Thanks Dave!

 

Hap Freund, class of 1968 (barely)

 

Turning Point

After receiving my grades my first semester in law school, I was disappointed and my disappointment included my grade in Dave Becker’s Real Property class.  I knew his door was always open so I venture in to ask him what I had done wrong to windup in the middle of the pack in his class.  He was busy at that particular moment but invited me to come back and spend some time going over my exam as well as what he was looking for in answers to his complex exam questions.  He spent over three hours with me concluding that I had written a fine exam for a political science class but it was now time to think and write like a lawyer.   The light bulb went on in my head and the rest is history.  The rest of my law school career went very well.  I have been blessed with an extraordinary career as a lawyer.  I can’t be absolutely sure that Dave made the difference but there is a very good chance that he provided the turning point.  For that I have and will continue to say “thank you” to Dave Becker, the consummate teacher. 

Maury Poscover, JD’69

The summer before starting law school

           The summer before starting law school, I needed to decide whether I would continue to play football at WashingtonUniversity. I was referred to David Becker to discuss whether I could handle the load of football and law school. I don’t remember the specific conversation, but I left him with a feeling that maybe it was time to grow up.  He indicated that it was clearly my own decision.

             I decided I would err on the side of caution and concentrate on school.  I am glad I made that decision because I had no future as a football player, although after law school I did play three years of minor league professional football inKansas City.

             Guess who David Becker called on the first day of class?  Frank Miller, from whom I had also sought counsel, did the same thing.  Welcome to law school.

             Now I live almost directly behind David.  We visit when I walk my dogs.  I have learned he is an expert on Chicago Bears football.  And can you believe, he ran the 400 meters in 68 seconds in the Senior Olympics.  Regardless of age, you have to be in excellent shape to run that time.  What a great guy.

 David Hess Class of ‘67

The Consummate Teacher

“After receiving my grades my first semester in law school, I was disappointed and my disappointment included my grade in Dave Becker’s Real Property class.  I knew his door was always open so I venture in to ask him what I had done wrong to windup in the middle of the pack in his class.  He was busy at that particular moment but invited me to come back and spend some time going over my exam as well as what he was looking for in answers to his complex exam questions.  He spent over three hours with me concluding that I had written a fine exam for a political science class but it was now time to think and write like a lawyer.   The light bulb went on in my head and the rest is history.  The rest of my law school career went very well.  I have been blessed with an extraordinary career as a lawyer.  I can’t be absolutely sure that Dave made the difference but there is a very good chance that he provided the turning point.  For that I have and will continue to say “thank you” to Dave Becker, the consummate teacher.”

Maury Poscover, JD 1969

Analytical Thinking

David Becker was my favorite teacher at Washington U Law School. He taught me to think analytically as no other professor at WashU did.

Thomas K. Edelmann, JD 1969

Pleasant Suprise

“I hope that Professor Becker is pleasantly surprised and proud that one of his property students is now one of the chief justices of the Nevada Supreme Court.” (7/27/11)

Hon. Michael A. Cherry, JD 1969

Conversation with Student

“Conversation between young Professor David Becker and a student in the mid-1960s:  ‘Student – you’re pretty good at this.  Professor Becker – thanks.  Student – how long are you planning to do this?  Professor Becker – until all of the faculty understands what he or she is supposed to be teaching and how to do it.  Student – you may be in for a long stay.  Professor Becker – yep.’  Congratulations David on completing your first 50 years as a master teacher.”  Ray Wexler JD 1967 and Mary Anne Wexler