Roger Beckett, 44, Executive Director, of Ashland University’s Ashbrook Center passed away Friday evening. In the wake of the news, the Ashbrook Center’s Constitution Day (September 17th) lecture was cancelled. According to an Ashbrook Center release (see below) "Beckett was being treated at the Cleveland Clinic for damage to his liver and kidneys caused by a serious staph infection earlier this year."
Beckett, of Mansfield and Madison High School, was on the Ashbrook Center staff since 1996, and served as Executive Director since 203.
Calling Hours will be Sunday, September 23, from 1-3pm, at the Ashbrook Center (8th Floor of the Ashland University Library). A memorial service will take place Sunday at 4pm in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel (also on the AU Campu)
We have sad news to share with you. Roger passed away last evening. As you may know, he was being treated at the Cleveland Clinic for damage to his liver and kidneys caused by a serious staph infection earlier this year. Though he had recently been approved for a liver transplant, his condition deteriorated too rapidly. The Ashbrook Center has lost a great leader, and we all have lost a dear friend. We take consolation in the fact that Roger’s leadership has made the Ashbrook Center more capable than ever of carrying forward the mission to which we all are devoted: to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Roger often said that while his father taught him to love his country, Ashbrook taught him why. And he wanted young Americans across the country to understand why they, too, ought to love their country. During these difficult days, please keep Danielle and his daughters Sydney and Laura in your prayers. As arrangements are made, we will send more details. The staff and board of the Ashbrook Center are fully committed to building on his legacy. I hope you will join us in honoring Roger’s memory by re-dedicating ourselves to this great cause. Sincerely, Marv Krinsky, Ashbrook Board Chairman