Warren A. Beck, 72, history professor at Cal State Fullerton for three decades and author of 10 historically oriented books, has died of cancer.
Known as a superior lecturer who emphasized classroom preparation, Beck earned awards as a distinguished teacher in 1967, as Fullerton’s distinguished social sciences faculty member in 1987, and its university-wide outstanding professor in 1989.
An expert on western America, Beck wrote “New Mexico: A History of Four Centuries,” which was printed more than a dozen times. A recent work, a historical atlas of World War II, was published in 1989.
Beck, a former chairman of the university’s history department, also is credited with shaping history instruction at Cal State Fullerton.
Teaching is a partnership, Beck once said.
“I take pride in helping those enrolled in my classes over the years. In the final analysis though, I often wonder if they have not educated me rather than my educating them.”
A native of Minneapolis, he received degrees from Wayne State and Ohio State universities.
At the time of his death, Beck was working on several books, including a small volume about his childhood, entitled “Christmas Today.” He planned to use the book, which his sons now intend to publish, as a Christmas card.
He died in Santa Ana on Tuesday of cancer.