Becza, Julius V.

1935 - 1993
Diane Becza
Point Pleasant, NJ

My husband, Julius, died in Washington, D.C where we were visiting from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, so that he could run in the Marine Corps Marathon for the third year in a row. He never completed it. He died of a heart attack, while into his twenty-third mile, running in a race of which he was so proud to be a part. Julius was a devoted husband and father of two sons and two daughters. He was also a dedicated teacher of 35 years, 24 of which were spent as an associate professor of Education at Monmouth College in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He developed a special reading program, the Saturation Approach to teach economically disadvantaged children to read. For his quilt square, we chose the symbol of the light house. My husband was truly a beacon of light to his family, friends and co-workers. He will be remembered for his kindness and for his willingness to go the extra mile in order to help someone. He will also be remembered for his ready sense of humor. He was the funniest person I have ever known.