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Age 87, Executive Search Consultant and former business executive died, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Hanna HealthCare Center at Longwood at Oakmont. Mr. Becker of Longwood at Oakmont, formerly of Fox Chapel, was President and Managing Partner of Becker, Norton and Company. Bob was also Vice President and a Director of Psychological Associates, Inc., a leading area psychological counseling and consulting firm. Becker, Norton and Company was particularly well known for their expertise in banking, finance and technology industries. Mr. Becker, a native of Minnesota, attended the University of Minnesota where he received a Master of Arts Degree in Industrial Relations. He was a proud supporter of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (University of Minnesota, 1952). He served with the U.S. Army as a psychologist during the Korean emergency. Mr. Becker began his career with Alcoa and held a variety of positions before joining the Corporate Staff of the Personnel Relations Department in Pittsburgh, PA. He was responsible for all managerial and technical staffing throughout the company. In addition, he had continuing responsibilities for employment procedures, personnel research and the company's equal employment opportunity program. He was appointed Vice President/ Secretary Treasurer of the Alcoa Foundation. In 1972, he joined Mellon Bank where he was Manager of Personnel Relations. In 1978, he founded Robert Becker and Company, predecessor to Becker, Norton and Company. Mr. Becker was designated an Accredited Executive in Personnel by the America Society for Personnel Administration. He was a nationally recognized authority on the employment of college graduates. In 1975, he was elected the first employer President of the (National) College Placement Council. Bob was a former President of the Fox Chapel Rotary and Vice Chairman of Government Relations for the Pennsylvania Small Business Association. He was a member and Stephen Minister of Christ Church, Fox Chapel, formerly Fox Chapel Episcopal Church. From 1975 to 1988, he was President of the Board of the Congregational Center, now known as Fair Oaks, a South Hills retirement community. He was a member of the Wildwood Golf Club and Duquesne Club. Mr. Becker is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret Paterson Becker, Ph.D.; three children, William (Mary), Thomas (Vicki), Nancy (Tom) Vonderhaar; eight grandchildren, William (Gina), Robert, and John (Haley) Becker; Kate, Bob, Liz, Meg and Anna Vonderhaar; and one great-grandchild, Madelyn Becker. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Ben Becker. Service and Interment will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Fair Oaks Retirement Center or Christ Church, Fox Chapel. Arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2017
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