Congratulations to Antioch University Midwest Board of Trustee Member, Dr. Clark Beck!
Presidents Club Honors Dr. Clark Beck with Top Volunteer Award
Dr. Beck’s life of service is inspired by second chances. After one university told him, “your people cannot be engineers,” Beck not only proved them wrong, but in 1955, he became the first African-American to earn a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Beck spent 33 years working as an engineer. Most of those years were at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Beck also shared his knowledge; teaching at Central State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University over the years.
In 1972, Dr. Beck received a kidney transplant and is now one of the oldest living kidney transplant survivors who still has the original functioning kidney.
This second chance at life sparked a call to service for Beck. He recalled his struggle achieving his professional dream and harnessed that energy to help others. In 1987, Beck founded the first STEM program in the area, Wright STEPP, at Wright State University. The program helps female and minority students prepare for college in technical disciplines that also provides full tuition scholarships to WSU. Beck is also involved with a group of early University of Cincinnati African-American alumni, called the “Pioneers,” which gives minority students scholarships to those chasing the same goals at UC.
Dr. Beck has been deeply involved in service organizations throughout the region. He was the first black president of the Dayton Engineers Club and has served numerous other organizations in the region.
“The Presidents Club is honored to recognize Dr. Clark Beck with the region’s top community service recognition,” said Phil Plummer, President of the Presidents Club. “Dr. Beck has exemplified what it means to serve, giving back in ways that have changed the lives of others.”
Dr. Beck will be honored at the Citizen Legion of Honor Award ceremony Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Dayton Convention Center. The event will start at 10:30 AM with a VIP reception, followed by a luncheon from 11:15 AM – 12 PM. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling Marcia Bostick at 937-226-8225 or by emailing her at [email protected] All proceeds from the event go toward establishing scholarships at Sinclair Community College for students who are active volunteer leaders in our community.
The Presidents Club of Dayton was founded in 1932 by a group of local business leaders who sought to support and stimulate volunteer servant leadership in the Miami Valley through citizens’ active participation in service clubs, churches, schools, non-profit organizations and government. The organization’s leadership and work of advocating and championing volunteer community service have continued without interruption for more than 80 years.