Dr. Peter Wolfgang Becker

September 6, 1929June 8, 2018

COLUMBIA - A memorial service for Peter Wolfgang Becker, 88, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Becker was born in Munich, Germany on September 9, 1929 and died at his home in Columbia on Friday, June 8, 2018. Peter is survived by his wife, Linda Oliver; two step-daughters, Shannon King and Amy Ramstead; son, Peter Becker, Jr.; grandson, Christopher Becker; brother, Heinar Becker; and his best friend, Gunther Holst. Peter retired as Chairman of the History Department at the University of South Carolina, but never really stopped teaching and learning. He will be forever remembered and forever missed. Memories may be shared at


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dr. Peter Wolfgang Becker

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Vicki Arnold

July 14, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear this. Peter was a wonderful professor who cared a lot about his students. He was a very patient listener as well as a good advisor and lecturer. I'm proud to have been his student and to have had several opportunities to talk with him in my post-graduate years. I know he will be greatly missed by his friends and family, and you have my most sincere sympathy and well wishes as you adjust to life without him.
Vicki Arnold