Stephen F. Beckenholdt, 57, banker and Notre Dame finance professor

July 16, 2005|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Stephen F. Beckenholdt, a College of Notre Dame of Maryland economics and finance professor and former banker, died of cancer Sunday at his Parkville home. He was 57.

Born in Muncie, Ind., he earned a bachelor's degree in banking and investments from Kent State University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. At his death he was finishing his doctoral dissertation in economic policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He joined Maryland National Bank in 1969 and became a senior credit analyst at its downtown headquarters on Light Street. He later assisted the bank and its parent company in legal work and subsequently became the bank's vice president for acquisition and development.

While working at the bank, he taught at the College of Notre Dame and was named an associate professor in 1992 when he became a full-time faculty member. He taught economics and finance.

"He was rigorous in the classroom," said Fred H. Fusting, chairman of the school's department of business and economics. "He took his classroom work seriously and helped his students work through traditionally difficult material."

In 1996 he received the Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award, the college's highest honor for teaching.

Mr. Beckenholdt recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the department of economics and business.

"He had a compassion for his students and wanted them to understand what he was teaching," said his daughter, Kiersten Beckenholdt Poss of Odenton. "He did not want them merely to get an answer. He wanted them to grasp the concepts."

He also taught courses for the American Institute of Banking.

A Mass was offered yesterday at the College of Notre Dame.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of five years, Patricia Jarman Beckenholdt; a son, Daniel Beckenholdt of Baltimore; two sisters, Cheryl Snyder of Columbus, Ohio, and Annette Waymire of Medina, Ohio; two stepsons, Joel and Paul Strayer of Reisterstown; a stepdaughter, Lindsay Strayer of Reisterstown; and a granddaughter. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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