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Roy A. Beck

June 3, 2004

Roy A. Beck, associate professor emeritus of communication at Western Michigan University, died May 1 in Kalamazoo. He was 76.

Beck retired in 1992 after more than 24 years at WMU. During his tenure, he taught classes in broadcast journalism, radio programming, semantics and interpersonal communication. He came to WMU in 1967 as business manager for the University Theatre.

Previously, he had served a seven-year stint as head of the speech and drama department at Illinois State University's campus high school. He also worked as an announcer at radio stations in Illinois and Kalamazoo.

Beck was active in community theatre and did summer work for Kalamazoo College's Festival Theater and for WMUK, the University's public radio station. A Missouri native, he earned a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri University and a master's degree from Southern Illinois University.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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