Other Notable Deaths

Other Notable Deaths

May 15, 2007

WILLIAM BECKER, 85 Founded motel chain

William Becker, who co-founded the Motel 6 chain, died of a heart attack April 2 in a Kingman, Ariz., hospital, said his son, Tod Becker.

In the early 1960s, Mr. Becker and fellow contractor Paul Greene came up with a plan to build motels that offered rooms at bargain rates.

They settled on a $6-per-night room rate that would cover building costs, land leases, mortgages, managers' salaries and maid service.

The first Motel 6, a 54-unit complex in Santa Barbara, Calif., opened in 1962.

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