canada africa partner reservation Obituary of David Jerome Becker –

Obituary of David Jerome Becker –


David Jerome Becker died peacefully on May 1 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on August 17, 1929 to Mildred Fischer and Harry L. Becker in Hartford Connecticut, David had a secure childhood focused on education, hard work, Yankees ball games and Jewish family traditions. His scholarship was recognized early, first at graduation from Weaver High School in 1947 and then at Cornell University with its highest oratory award for his speech entitled “Discrimination against the Negro and our World Position Today.”

In 1955, while at Harvard Medical School, David met and married nursing student, Jane Codington, and they began their adventurous life headed to Duke University for David’s residency in internal medicine, and for further training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Miami.

David was a veteran, having served in the Air Force at Irumagawa Honshu, Japan -6022nd US Air Force Hospital Johnson Air Base. David and Jane had four children while he practiced medicine in Coral Gables, Florida. He later practiced medicine at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX and at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA where he raised his family in Weston, MA.

Divorced, David moved to Vero Beach in 1978. Vero Beach covered the costs

a perfect climate, a perfect community and a perfect companion in Marylou Ashcroft with whom he spent the rest of his life and married in 1999.

In Vero Beach he practiced medicine, shared a medical office with Gary Kantzler, MD, and began contributing to the community he grew to love in his remaining years. He served on many hospital committees, the hospital district board, as chairman of the United Way of Indian River County, the VNA board, Bermuda Bay Board and was elected to the Indian River Town Council. Giving back to his community was as important to him as compassion and understanding for his patients and colleagues.

As he walked through the hospital, David stopped to talk to everyone and ask about their children’s education, a recent sporting event, or the health of their parents. He knew every staff member by name and was interested in the details of their lives. His bedside manner included careful listening, humor and time to explain medical diagnoses in plain language. Long before “visit summaries” were fashionable, David dictated a letter to each patient after each visit, explaining his findings, plan, and instructions. He worked with his patients and cared deeply about their values ​​and life experiences.

David was introduced to running as a sport in the 1960s, took up daily running, was an early marathoner and a founding member of the Vero Beach SunRunners. Running and his running community were an integral part of his well-being.

David was a colorful character and a very social being. He cherished and was supported by his friendships. He appreciated his long telephone conversations with his cousin, John Kupper and nephew, Alan Fischer. He loved his weekly exchanges with his left-wing group of respected friends. He loved to share a good story or a joke and was intensely proud of all his children and grandchildren.

We all remember David as the “great interviewer,” the stranger you sat next to on a plane with whom you shared the “why” of your life, the man you met on the beach who remembered meeting your father in the hospital had treated, and the person at the party who worked in the room. He makes us check all pretensions and materialism at the door and sit in an armchair of curiosity and genuine interest and compassion for others.

David was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Harry Becker, his sister Enid Kupper, and his first wife Jane. David will be missed by his wife, Marylou Becker and his children Marcie Becker, (Brattleboro VT,) Jan Becker, (Santa Fe, NM,) Meredith and Peter Moses (Charlotte, VT,) and Steven and Carrie Becker (Dallas, TX .) By his grandchildren John and wife Alison Moses (New York) Ivy, Roome and Gwendolyn Becker of Dallas, as well as his extended family and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Foundation, 920 37th Place, Suite, 101, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. A guestbook is available at