John C. Beck: 1924-2016

an extraordinary man beloved of many, died in Perth, Australia on September 29, 2016 at the age of 92.

John C. Beck

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John was a key player at McGill over many years, who helped to build our Faculty of Medicine into a leading institution. We will all miss him.
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Mark A. Wainberg
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Wednesday, March 01 2017 - 11:36 AM PST
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Dear John, what a giant of a man who left such an important stamp on the world. Bless his soul.
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Moira Shourie
Thursday, December 29 2016 - 03:06 PM PST
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My sincere sympathies to Arlene and the family. I have only returned to Montreal from South America to learn of John's death. He recruited and convinced me to move to the RVH & McGill from Boston in 1970, I believe largely on John Dirks attesting that I was a "good catch". As a Division Chief, I immediately perceived him as a superior leader with great perception and vision and a certain amount of restlessness. Thus I was not surprised that he ultimately had four careers. I will miss his occasional cheery emails about his current projects and travels.
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Ron Guttmann
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Tuesday, December 20 2016 - 09:55 AM PST
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John Beck was an outstanding academic leader and a great mentor to Fay and myself when we joined the Department of Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University in 1965.He was extremely helpful throughout my career and kept in touch up to his last year.I believe he was the best Chair of Medicine in Canada in our time --a great builder and educator. Arlene, we are very sad to learn of his passing and send our deepest condolences.i
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John dirks
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Monday, November 21 2016 - 10:24 AM PST
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We worked together at Ben Gurion University with Moshe Prywes. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with John. He was a guest in our home in Montreal. He was a presence and I remember him fondly.
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Kappy Flanders
Saturday, November 19 2016 - 06:10 AM PST
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Dr. John Beck was a founding father of endocrinology in Canada when he began his career at McGill University. He was appointed Physician-in-Chief at the Royal Victoria Hospital and was eventually Chairman of the Department of Medicine at McGill University. He was the first Secretary-General of the International Society of Endocrinology. CSEM was created in order to be able to be part of ISE, as per our history written by Dr. Dave Hanley.

Dr. Beck was instrumental in organizing the first International Congress of Endocrinology in Copenhagen in 1960, which ultimately led to the formation of the International Society of Endocrinology. Dr. Beck was elected Secretary-General, a role he played until 1976. He was responsible for the organization of international congresses of endocrinology and the development of a companion organization, the International Society of Neuroendocrinology (now the International Neuroendocrine Federation).

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Dr. Andre Lacroix
Thursday, November 17 2016 - 02:27 PM PST
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How much I regret that I cannot attend the tribute to John, my forever neighbor across the canyon.
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Nina Rosenfield
Saturday, November 12 2016 - 05:23 PM PST
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Sorry to hear of the passing of John. Our deep sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. May the "God of all comfort" help you to cope and give you strength and peace.

2 Corenthians 1:3,4
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A.V., Sacramento, Ca
Thursday, November 10 2016 - 04:34 AM PST
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John Beck was my teacher and advisor at McGill in the 1960s. Some how John remembered me fifteen years later and invited me to participated in geriatric activities and launched my career as an academic geriatrician. He helped many develop their careers; he will be greatly missed.
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John Burton
Tuesday, November 08 2016 - 08:20 AM PST
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Over a period of more than fifty years John influenced the emergence and development of both endocrinology and gerontology in Australia. Through the roles of his many trainees his influence will continue for many decades to come.
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Leslie Lazarus
Sunday, November 06 2016 - 09:20 AM PST
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Much regret from one of John Beck's early postgraduate students from Australia.
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John Casey
Friday, November 04 2016 - 10:28 AM PST
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Sorry, unable to attend due to health issues. Often think of John and his many contributions at McGill University - an inspiring, dedicated and extraordinary mentor and role model to so many students and trainees in Endocrinology and Medicine.
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Mo Watanabe
Friday, November 04 2016 - 10:20 AM PST
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I am sorry I am not able to attend this event but I wish to acknowledge the enormous positive influence he had on me as a geriatrician and clinical scholar at UCLA.
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Alison Moore
Thursday, November 03 2016 - 10:25 AM PST
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John Beck was clearly one of the giants of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, who like David Solomon and my mentor, Ed Bierman at the UW, a visionary endocrinologist who convinced folks like me to follow their example.
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Bill Hazzard
Thursday, November 03 2016 - 10:20 AM PST
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Regrets. John welcomed me as a newby to the ABIM Board's Executive Committee in 1972, which began a wonderful career in that organization. From McGill to RAND and UCLA he led, and with David Solomon established geriatrics as an academic specialty.
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Karin Gale
Thursday, November 03 2016 - 10:15 AM PST
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Dr. Beck made an extraordinary contribution during his time at McGill.
A particularly important contribution was the establishment of a highly successful practice plan that has continued until this day.
We are in his debt.
He will be greatly missed
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David Eidelman
Thursday, November 03 2016 - 10:10 AM PST
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