Newt Becker, founder of Becker CPA Review, has died. I taught Conviser-Duffy CPA Review classes for years, then taught Becker after C-D was acquired. In addition to his professional work, Becker was a philanthropist and a major pro-Israel benefactor.
This e-mail was sent earlier today.
It is with sadness that I’m sending you this message. Newt Becker, the founder of Becker Professional Education, died Monday evening [January 2, 2012] in Los Angeles after being ill for quite a while. Newt was 83 years old.
Newt started Becker CPA Review in 1957 in Cleveland, his home town. From humble beginnings and with a handful of students, he found a successful formula for dedicated CPA candidates to pass the difficult CPA exam. He was a pioneer in interactive learning for exam preparation, engaging his students in every facet of mastering the curriculum – through lectures, mnemonics, homework, etc. Most importantly, he truly cared about each student who selected the review course that bears his name. His goal was fulfilling their dream to earn the CPA credential and to ultimately enrich their lives.
All of us at Becker owe Newt our gratitude for the painstaking effort that he and his early team of colleagues expended to produce the best product for CPA exam preparation. His legacy of putting the student first resulted in the Becker culture that thrives today. We care about our students and we care about each other.
Newt devoted his life to making the world a better place. When he handed over the CPA Review reins to DeVry in 1996, he immersed himself in charitable and altruistic social endeavors, including the exploration of clean air alternative energy resources. He was truly a generous and good man.
So let’s remember Newt Becker for what he gave to us… A thriving business for sure, but also a commitment to excellence and caring about student success. We honor his legacy.
John P. Roselli
President, Becker Professional Education