Eugene Joshua Becker
August 26, 1927 – June 9, 2018
Eugene J. Becker, a retired NSA Senior Executive and former President of the National Cryptologic Museum died of natural causes on 9 June 2018 at the age of 90.
Mr. Becker was born and raised in New York City. He joined the Army after high school, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from George Washington University 1951, and a Masters in Arabic Studies from Harvard in 1957.
In 1952, Mr. Becker began his distinguished career in intelligence as a linguist at the Armed Forces Security Agency, NSA's predecessor organization. In 41 years at NSA he held many senior roles including Assistant Deputy Director for Field Management and Evaluation, Training Director and Commandant of the National Cryptologic School, NSA Representative to the Defense Department, Assistant Director for Telecommunications and Computer Services, Inspector General and Deputy Director for Administration from which he retired in 1993. Mr. Becker then joined the National Cryptologic Museum as Vice President and helped establish the Museum Foundation in 1996 with a team of retired NSA employees to support the museum's mission. Over 16 years he served the Foundation in various roles retiring as President in 2012.
He received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award. In 1982 he joined the ranks of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service (SCES) and was later awarded the rank of Distinguished Executive in the SCES. In 1990, he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Survivors include his loving wife, Anna Becker, daughters Carol (Bob), Nancy (Joe), and Kathy. Mr. Becker is also survived by six grandchildren, Jonathan (Jessica), Michael (Carolyn), Tara (Greg), Kevin, Bridget and Joseph, and great-grandchildren Brett, Chase and Camden.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, June 13 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Timbuktu Restaurant, Hanover, MD. Donations may be made to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation at https://cryptologicfoundation.org/learn/commemorate/registry/html
- Funeral Service Private Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Graveside Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018