New Mexico Publisher Beck Dies

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Cory Beck, publisher for the Roswell Daily Record for 19 years, died early Sunday from a sudden illness. He was 53.

“Cory’s death has come as a tremendous shock to the Daily Record,” said Andrew Poertner, Record editor.

“He was passionate about always improving the quality of the paper and worked tirelessly to offer support and guidance to those who worked for him,” Poertner said.

Beck attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff. He also did graduate work at Bucknell University.

As a young man, Beck worked at the Daily Record and the Albuquerque Journal. He also worked at the El Paso Times for three years and at The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., for 31/2 years.

Beck became publisher of the Daily Record on Nov. 5, 1987, when his father, Robert H. Beck, stepped down from the job. Cory Beck “cared about the quality of the newspaper,” said Mike Bush, Daily Record managing editor. “He also cared about his employees and tried hard to be fair in dealing with them, letting them know his door was always open when anyone had a concern.

“He also was ready to listen to a concern anyone in the public had about the newspaper and impressed upon his staff that he wanted everyone treated fairly.”

Beck is survived by his wife, Dana; stepson Stephen Foster; parents Robert and Marjorie Beck; sisters Carol Beck, Barbara Beck and Kate Beck; and five nieces and nephews.

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