Robert Dudley Beckett
June 16, 1934 - April 2, 2019
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The Eulogy for Robert D. Beckett By his children, April 6, 2019 Robert D. Beckett was many things: a son brother husband uncle teacher colleague sports-fan reader story-lover grandpa friend and philologist. The English instructor in him would look at the previous sentence and either recognize it as free verse or gently suggest it needs…

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Dean Lisle left a message on September 26, 2019:
I spent over 30 years teaching Middle English Literature to my high school students because of this outstanding educator. I am saddened to hear this and extend my condolences. "Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote . . ."
James Grass left a message on September 6, 2019:
I was just forwarded your father's obituary so am sorry for posting so late. Your dad was my English Composition teacher at SMS back in 1980. We were all intimidated by him on the first day of class -- his reputation preceded him -- but by the second week, were thrilled to have him as a teacher. I remember very distinctly the first day: Bob told us that since the class was English Composition (meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays), we were assigned to write a 3-5 page essay every Thursday, to be turned in on the following Tuesday. I can still hear the groans as he made the announcement: "One 3-5 pager a week? It's impossible!" I admit the first one was a struggle, but the second was easier and the third easier still. By the time the 16-week course ended, a 3-5 page essay was a piece of cake. Bob taught me how to research quickly, write concisely and accurately, and edit for grammar and style. I used what I learned from him during a 20-year career as a reporter for newspapers and wire services -- and still use it today in marketing and communications. Bob taught me the value of the written word, and the skill and talent it takes to be able to accurately convey thoughts and ideas to an audience. When I graduated from SMS, Bob was the graduation ceremony announcer and gave me a wink when I stood before him before crossing the stage. He was a great instructor and a really engaging personality with a dry sense of humor. Thanks for the Eulogy and for reminding all of us how lucky we were to have known your father.
Rita Sparks left a message on April 6, 2019:
My deepest sympathy to the Beckett family. I have so many fond memories of the Beckett family from my high school days in Armada, Michigan. Bob's sister was my best friend and I considered Bob to be the big brother I did not have on my own. When we were students at the University of Michigan, Bob made sure I got back safely to Armada during school breaks in his Beatle. We had good times together and cried together when his baby brother died. Bob was a bright, caring, and honorable man. He will be greatly missed by the "Nifty Fifties" of Armada High. RIP, old Tiger! Fondly, Rita Gedrovics Sparks
Beth Skiersch left a message on April 5, 2019:
Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Norma Yoos left a message on April 4, 2019:
I recall failing to learn those first lines of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Dr. Beckett's class. Our Dr. Bob is making his pilgrimage in "Aprille" is fitting and sweet as Zephirus's breath. Thanks for all the years of teaching and learning, Bob.
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Yuri Seluchenko left a message on April 4, 2019:
Greg, My cordial condolences are with you!
Deidre McGraw left a message on April 4, 2019:
Greg and Family, Your "Doc" sounds like a wonderful man, please know you have my sincere prayers and condolences.
Felix White left a message on April 4, 2019:
My condolences
Denelle Spear Snodgrass left a message on April 4, 2019:
I met Dr. Beckett at the beginning of my second year at SMSU when I signed up for one of his classes. He was an excellent instructor, but more than that, he was a treasured friend. He is one of only a handful of people in my entire life that ever called me "Denny". I have typed letters on SMSU stationary that he sent me when I reached out to him after graduation as I struggled to find my place in the world. He helped steady my steps and for that, I have always been and will always be grateful. I've thought of him often, and am thankful our paths crossed. Prayers for his family and friends left behind. Denelle "Denny" Spear Snodgrass
John Strickler left a message on April 3, 2019:
Having known Dr. Beckett (I use to call him Bob, remember Jonny?) for almost forty years, I can say he was a dear man. I did not have a father around so sometimes I would get advice from him. He always had the time and some wise words for me. I am saddened to hear of his passing, yet another sign of the marching of time. Love to Jonny, Mrs. Beckett and by golly the whole darn Beckett clan. I hope this message brings a little lightness to a sad time in your lives. Love, Johnny
Terry L. Walker left a message on April 3, 2019:
I was a student at then-SMS in the late 60s and early 70s. I knew Dr. Beckett then. My condolences to his family on his passing.
Gregory Beckett left a message on April 3, 2019:
For those who are moved to make a memorial contribution to the student scholarship fund set up in Robert Beckett's name, here is further information. Mention the “Robert Beckett Scholarship” either in the “Additional gift details” section on the Missouri State Foundation gift page https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1691/foundation/interior.aspx?sid=1691&gid=2&pgid=1341&cid=2456, or in the memo field of a check sent to: Robert Beckett Scholarship Missouri State University Foundation 300 S Jefferson Avenue Suite 100 Springfield, MO 65806
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