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Paul Beckerle (BS '78, MA '79)

honored posthumously

Paul Beckerle’s sense of duty and spirit of engagement and inclusion were reflected in his choices of academic studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis – Administration of Justice (BS 1977) and Political Science (MA 1979).

Drawn to public service, he interned for Congressman Richard Gephardt while an UMSL student and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. after graduation.

He was elected to the St. Louis Board of Alderman (25th Ward), where he served for 14 years before joining the St. Louis Development Corporation. In his role as Director of the Business Assistance Center, he forged collaborative and productive partnerships for more than 20 years until his death in March of 2023.

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Throughout his career, Paul exemplified the finest qualities of UMSL, representing his constituents and the City of St. Louis, helping move the metropolitan area forward. Possessing many talents, Paul was most known for his willingness to always share them to help others.

His seemingly effortless ability to engage others, listen intently and create solutions were his hallmark. Deeply devoted to his family, church and community, Paul was very proud of his UMSL roots and spoke fondly of his alma mater, recounting countless memories through the years.