Leonard J. Becker, Jr., passed away in Irvine, CA., on March 6, 2016 following a long battle with cancer of the gall bladder. He was the son of the late Leonard John and Marguerite Holloway Becker and was born August 1, 1937 in Galveston, Texas.
Becker was an honor graduate of Ball High School in Galveston, class of 1955, where he won first prize and a trip to Europe in an essay contest, sponsored by the Galveston Propeller Club. The Essay was entitled “The American Merchant Marine, Lifeline of Industry”. He then graduated from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1959 where he received a BA in English with a minor in technical communications. He was also a member of Delta Mu chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity.
Following college graduation, Becker relocated to Southern California where he began his career in business development and proposal management in the formative years of the US aerospace and defense programs. Later he would smile when he remarked, “How could a kid from Galveston have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of this newly forming industry?”
Over the years he was employed by Lockheed Propulsion Co., Redlands, California; Ford-Aeronutronic, Newport Beach, California; Arthur G. McGee & Co., San Mateo, California; and Fran Moolin and Associates, Anchorage, Alaska. He completed his forty-plus year career in the industry at Northrup-Grumman, Pico Rivera, California.
Becker is survived by his sister, Laura Becker Eanes and her husband Robert Zempter Eanes. Other survivors are his nephews John Zempter Eanes and Robert Becker Eanes, his niece Laura Marshelle (Lori) Eanes, great nephew Robert Hill Eanes II and great niece Emily Becker Eanes.
Private graveside services will be held at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.