It is with deep sadness that we inform the University of Arizona College of Medicine community about the passing of Wayne Beck, MD, Class of 1975. After battling multiple health issues for the past few years, Dr. Beck passed away on Sunday, April 8, surrounded by his family.
In August 2010, Dr. Beck stepped up to serve as president of the UA College of Medicine Alumni Board. His goal and desire as president was to ensure alumni would have the opportunity to stay connected to the College of Medicine. A staunch supporter of the UA, Dr. Beck was a Wildcat through-and-through.
His commitment to the UA as a whole has been diverse and continuous. Throughout his educational career at the university, he received three degrees, a BS in Animal Science in 1968, an MS in Animal Science/Biochemistry in 1970 from the College of Agriculture and finally his MD in 1975.
After completing his residency at the Maricopa Medical Center, Dr. Beck founded the Prescott Women’s Clinic, where he practiced as an OB/GYN for 28 years. Dr. Beck was named one of America’s Top Obstetrician-Gynecologists from 2002-2006.
Heather Strasser, former director of Alumni Affairs and Special Events at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, said she will miss communicating and working with Dr. Beck on a regular basis. “He truly loved his alma matter and it was evident in every conversation we had,” Strasser said. “The College of Medicine Alumni Board exists today because of Dr. Beck's ambition and determination. He will be dearly missed.”
Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, added, “Wayne’s commitment to the University of Arizona was remarkable. He always looked for ways to become more involved. We join with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in celebrating the life and memory of one our most esteemed alumni.”
In celebration of his life, a scholarship fund has been established in memory of Dr. Beck. The Wayne Beck, MD, Endowed Scholarship was established with an opening pledge by Dr. Beck’s longtime friend and UA animal sciences professor, Dr. John Marchello. The scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in animal sciences with the intent to apply and attend the UA College of Medicine.
You can support this scholarship online through the University of Arizona Foundation, or contact the development office at 520-626-2827.