Alec Beck Endowed Scholarship

Aug 31, 2006 | Scholarships

The Alec Beck Endowed Scholarship was envisioned by Alec’s lifelong friend, Curt Johnson. Alec served on the board of Sharing God’s Love, an organization also envisioned and brought to reality by Johnson, to serve the prison population in Texas. Johnson, also a graduate of The University of Texas, enlisted the help of other close friends and family to make this endowment possible to honor Alec and his love of The University of Texas and his interest in helping others.

Mrs. Amanda Beck and Mr. Alec Beck

The University of Texas was a big part of Alec’s life. An all-state football player from Westlake High School, Alec was recruited to play football at UT under the leadership of Darrell Royal. He graduated with honors from UT in 1978 with a BBA in finance. Alec always valued the friends he made at UT, in the football program as well as in his classes and fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. Alec continued to support the athletic department throughout the years. He also served on the board of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council and was involved with Neighborhood Longhorns.

Mr. Curt Johnson and Mr. Alec Beck

Alec was formerly President and Chairman of the Board of Stripling-Blake Lumber Company in Austin. Alec started work at Stripling-Blake loading lumber while in high school. It was there that he honed the leadership and management skills that enabled him to earn his title and that prepared him for a lifetime of leading and encouraging those around him. After his career at Stripling-Blake, Alec continued to be active in the Austin business community, serving as General Partner of the Lithoprint Company.

With his close friend Ben Crenshaw, Alec’s love of golf led him to found and serve as President of the Austin Golf Club.

Alec worked tirelessly to make Austin a better place. He repeatedly gave of himself to those who needed him. He leaves an example of community service matched by few. Alec served on the board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where he actively directed much of the construction of the Upper School campus. Among his many other activities, Alec served on the boards of the following organizations: Building Materials Holding Corporation, the Bachelors Club of Austin, Home Owner’s Warranty, TXCABA, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Better Business Bureau, Keep Austin Beautiful, Texas Construction Industry Council, Lumberman’s Association of Texas, Young Men’s Business League, Texas Commerce Bank, Headliner’s Club, Admirals Club, Young President’s Organization, and Sharing God’s Love.

Alec attended Tarrytown United Methodist Church and was active in a weekly Bible study with close friends, including Curt Johnson

Alec led a big, wonderful life and loved his family and friends. His gregarious personality and charisma were unique. He had the ability to connect with people and build enduring, strong relationships. We all will be changed forever by the character, love and courage that Alec embodied.

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