Samuel Alan Becker – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

West Barnstable, Massachusetts – S. Alan Becker, 80, former commissioner of the Barnstable Municipal Airport, died of a heart attack February 20, 2000 at his home.

Colonel Becker was born in Brockton and graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduating, he entered the Army, where he served in the European Theater, primarily in England and Belgium, from 1942 to 1946. He continued his military service in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 94th Infantry Division.

Prior to retiring permanently to the Cape in 1981, he lived in Boston, where he was employed as a financial analyst, managing editor of the Securities Research Co. and vice president of the United Business Service Company (1951-1982).

Long active in civic affairs, Colonel Becker also served on the boards of the Cape Cod Symphony, the Whelden Library and the Cape Cod Opera. In 1991 he was the recipient of the Symphony award as Volunteer of the Year.

Colonel Becker gave many years of service to the American Lung Association of Greater Norfolk County, serving as its president and as president of the Massachusetts State Lung Association from 1988 to 1990. He was also affiliated for many years with the Boston Center for Adult Education, serving as its president from 1976 to 1981.

He is survived by a sister, Ruth B. Allen of Falls Church, Virginia; two nieces; and a longtime friend, Allan W. Roberts of West Barnstable.

A memorial service was held at the Whelden Library, Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Whelden Library, Cape Cod Symphony or Cape Cod Opera.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 01/03/1920
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/20/2000

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