David A. Beckman,
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born Sept. 17, 1937 in DeKalb, Illinois, passed away May 25, 2013 near his home in Pearland, Texas.
After earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1959, he enjoyed a 35-year career at NASA. David was a lifelong learner, acquiring a second bachelor's degree from Indiana University in his spare time and having an interest in diverse subjects. After retirement, he passed on his knowledge by teaching computer skill classes to senior citizens. He enjoyed his family, reading and ham radio. Throughout his adult life, David was involved in community service, doing volunteer work in his church and charities.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 46 years; his son Steve, daughter-in-law Timena and their children Helen and Joshua; his daughter Lisa Maillard, son-in-law Bruno and their children Margot, Kerian and Olive; and his son Paul, daughter-in-law Audrone and their child Austeja Makoveckaite.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, June 1 at New Life Lutheran Church in Pearland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of the organizations in which David was active: New Life Lutheran Church, Pearland Adult Reading Center, HAL-PC Senior Learning Center, or Keep Pearland Beautiful.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 31, 2013