Professor Becker (OK, maybe, just maybe, I’ll have the nerve to accept his many invitations to call him “David” one of these days) is one of those very rare persons I’ve known who exude some kind of “higher power” that strikes you the minute you meet him. For those of us fortunate enough to have gotten to know him beyond earning the “I Survived Becker’s Property Class” t-shirt, we have learned how one person can impact so many solely by being a genuine and caring human being and appreciating life for what it is and has to offer and not diminishing it for what it otherwise might have been. I regret not making the effort to stay in closer touch with him but am grateful for the opportunity to help celebrate a man who likely would prefer a cold beer and a Cubs World Series win over the celebration he so rightly deserves. Congratulations, David!
Nick Varsam, Class of 1990