The Beck family’s leadership in Canada and indelible impact on campus
When Tom and Mary Beck took a trip to Israel in the 1960s, they witnessed drip irrigation farming for the first time; they were enthralled and asked their guide how they could learn more. The Toronto couple were directed to the Weizmann Institute of Science, and made their first visit to campus. It’s an anecdote their children Cathy, Liddy, and Anthony heard many times growing up. “Mom loved the campus gardens and was drawn to the success story of Israeli agriculture, and Dad loved the science, and they didn’t look back,” recalls Cathy Beck.