Lillian Beck

URBANA, Ill. – Lillian H. Beck, 90, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Clark Lindsey Village.

Lillian was born in Atlantic Mine on Sept. 5, 1922, the second daughter of John and Mayme Heikkinen.

Lillian was raised in Atlantic Mine and graduated from Adams Township High School. She attended Purdue University and graduated from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering with high honors. She was the first woman from MTU to be inducted into Alpha Sigma Mu, the honorary fraternity of the International Metallurgical Society.

During World War II, she was employed by General Motors Corporation in Flint, Mich. and by the Curtis Wright Corporation in Columbus, Ohio.

After graduation, she was employed as a metallurgist at the Stagg Field Institute for the Study of Metals at the University of Chicago from 1947 to 1950. Later, she was employed in the Pomology Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering until her retirement in 1997.

Her favorite activities included swimming, furniture refinishing and reading.

She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Esther Dennis and Leah Schulze.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Beck of Champaign and Philip Beck of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Stephanie Beck of Champaign, Allison Beck of Tallahassee, Fla., Byron Beck of Marietta, Ga., Kevin Beck of Dallas and Preston Beck of Dallas.

Expressions of sympathy can be left at Memorial contributions can be made to Clark-Lindsay in Urbana.

Spring interment will be in the family lot in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with local arrangements.