W. Winston Becker believed in the value of education as well as treating others with honesty and integrity, said his son, Alan Becker.
He was well-respected by those around him and was a good listener and a good leader. He also used his faith as his foundation.
“He had a strong religious faith that he got from his parents and passed along to his children,” he said. “He wrote that it ‘gives meaning and guidance to a person’s life’ and ‘provides an anchor in stormy times and a firm foundation for a life of service to others.’”
W. Winston Becker, 88, of Indianapolis and formerly of Lake County, died Feb. 7. He earned his bachelor’s, masters and doctor of education degrees from Indiana University. He taught English, speech and math in both Illinois and Indiana. He spent 23 years at Morton High School in Hammond, first as assistant principal and then as principal. He then served as supervisor of secondary education in Hammond and principal in Midford, Ind. before retiring in 1988.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Becker, in 2008.
Alan Becker said his father was a dedicated educator and enjoyed working with students.
“He felt a great satisfaction in having an impact on thousands of students over his career,” he said. “He was very involved in the school’s extracurricular activities, frequently coming home for dinner and then going back to school for some evening program or other meeting.”
His parents went to senior prom together almost every year, and the entire family would go to almost every athletic event, play or concert.
“I was always struck by the fact that former students would remember him, years after they had graduated, and say hello when they saw him,” he said.
Despite being busy with school, he always made time for his children.
“Even with all the evening activities and other responsibilities he had, I never felt neglected,” he said. “When he was with me I felt that I had his entire attention.”