Recognizing their 64th wedding anniversary this year is cause for celebration for Richard “Dick” Beck and Rosemary Browne Beck. The occasion also provides Herron School of Art and Design with an opportunity to acknowledge the couple’s unwavering commitment to the school over the past several decades.
Having received scholarships prior to attending Herron, they met at the then-named John Herron Art Institute in September 1946 and have been together since. Dick earned a B.F.A. degree in Visual Communication and is president emeritus of the Herron Alumni Association. Rosemary earned a B.F.A. degree in Painting and has the distinction of being one of only three students who was awarded Herron’s first M.F.A. degree at commencement in 1952. Both are lifetime members of the IU Alumni Association.
The couple enjoyed successful careers in the arts. Dick served as the chief art director at Eli Lilly and Company for nearly 29 years and Rosemary gained renown for her outstanding portrait paintings, including commissions for corporations and universities.
The Becks raised three sons who now live in Florida, Texas and Kentucky, respectively, with children of their own. The grandchildren have been the subject of many of Rosemary’s paintings as seen in the accompanying image, Nathan.
“Herron has always held a special place in our hearts,” shared Dick as he described why he and Rosemary have supported the school over the years. “It was our time at Herron that marks the beginning of our lives together.”
Second son Dane, shared, “My parents have lived a long and rewarding life together because of their search for the beauty in their lives and in the lives of others. They live to create beauty for others through their art, music, written word or genuine love of their fellow man.”
Most recently, the couple have made a provision in their estate plans to create scholarships at Herron. The Richard E. Beck Visual Communication Design Scholarship and the Rosemary Browne Beck Fine Arts Scholarship will support full-time students enrolled in these programs.