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William Dee Becker

  • Birth 23 Oct 1876 East Saint Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 1 Aug 1943 Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Block 319, Lot 4881
  • Memorial ID 20588

Judge, Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri. He went to Harvard and was admitted to the Missouri Bar. He served as a judge on the St. Louis Court of Appeals from 1917 to 1940. While still serving as a judge, Becker won the election for mayor of St. Louis. As mayor, Becker was a leading proponent of aviation. He pushed for the expansion of Lambert Field and the development of a second airport. On Sunday, August 1, 1943, thousands of spectators gathered at Lambert Field for an air show. Mayor Becker and several city and county officials went up in an army glider, which had made a successful test flight earlier in the day. The C-47 airplane towing the glider made three passes in front of the spectators and released the glider. Almost immediately the right wing of the glider buckled and separated form the fuselage. The glider was sent spinning towards the earth and hit the ground at an estimated 230 miles per hour. There were no survivors. William Becker was the second mayor of St. Louis to die in office.

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  • Added: 28 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20588
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Dee Becker (23 Oct 1876–1 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20588, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .