Carl B. Beckers, 68, investment banker, financial planner

May 05, 2006

Carl Bleakney Beckers, a retired investment banker and financial planner, died of cancer Sunday at his Pikesville home. He was 68.

Born in St. Louis, he attended Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Washington University in St. Louis.

After working in the Midwest for financial institutions, he moved to Baltimore 12 years ago to take a position in Legg Mason Inc.'s bond department. He then became a financial planner with Retirement Strategies in Severna Park.

Mr. Beckers liked electronic equipment, built stereo systems and had been a ham radio operator for 35 years, his family said. He also built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes and earned the name "Crash Beckers." He also helped friends and neighbors set up computer systems.

He had been active in Boy Scouts in St. Louis and Chicago, was a member of Scouting's Order of the Arrow and had been awarded the Wood Badge certificate for the highest level of training.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, where he was a communicant.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Lisa Strelinger, a retired religious-education director; two sons, Kurt Wright Beckers of Denver and Christopher Bleakney Beckers of Cleveland; and two grandchildren. Another son, Gordon Keith Beckers, died in 2005.

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