Tom Beck, 69, Balto. County teacher

October 25, 2005

Tom Beck, a retired Baltimore County public schools teacher and the father of 12, died of an aneurysm Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Freeland resident was 69.

Born Charles Thomas Beck in Baltimore and raised on Fairmount Avenue, he was a 1953 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, playing on its varsity soccer and basketball teams. He also played on soccer teams that competed in Patterson Park.

He earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Towson University and a master's degree from Morgan State University.

Mr. Beck taught at Inverness, Villa Cresta, Padonia and Sparks elementary schools. He finished his teaching career as an eighth-grade teacher at Hereford Middle School, retiring in 1992.

For 25 years, Mr. Beck managed and coached Hereford Recreation Council teams, and from 1992 to 1993 he was the girls' varsity soccer coach at Hereford High School.

He was inducted into Baltimore County's Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1995.

A sports enthusiast, he followed the Colts, Ravens and Orioles, the University of Maryland football and basketball teams, and thoroughbred racing.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Freedom, Pa., where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Elizabeth F. Matthews; seven sons, Gregory T. Beck of Leavenworth, Kan., Daniel T. Beck of New Freedom, William T. Beck of Bear, Del., Andrew T. Beck of Menifee, Calif., Gerard T. Beck of Parkton, Patrick T. Beck of North East and Matthew T. Beck of Ketchikan, Alaska; five daughters, Adele Kruegler of Boiling Springs, Pa., Elizabeth Dela Rosa of Waco, Texas, Jennifer Williams of Barrington, R.I., Regina Denney of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Marion Beck of New York City; three brothers, Leroy Beck of White Marsh, Jerome Beck of Parkville and Howard Beck of Overlea; a sister, Barbara Nowakowski of Cockeysville; and 31 grandchildren.

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