Raymond E. Beckham
Beckham devoted himself to military service during World War II, during which he converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. Following his military service, he attended Brigham Young University, where he eventually met his wife, Ida Lee Jackson. They were married June 17, 1947, and raised five children. Ida passed away in 1994.
Beckham was the first person to hold the title of BYU Sports Information Director starting in 1949, and he served as the chief statistician for football and basketball for seven years. He was a member of the BYU Athletic Council for fifteen years and was the Alumni Director for ten years. He also had a direct influence on the fundraising campaigns for the building projects that are now LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Marriott Center, and the Smith Fieldhouse. With Dr. Roger Parkinson, Beckham co-founded the Cougar Club in 1963 and has been a member every year since. He was also a member of the search committee culminating in the hiring of head football coach Tom Hudspeth and director of athletics Floyd Millet.
While at BYU, Beckham served as the director of development and public services for five years each; founded the Aspen Grove Family Camp; and worked for the travel studies department, evening school, and the New York City Internship Program. BYU has awarded Beckham with the Man of the Year Award, the Presidential Medal and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. He has also earned Provo's Abraham O. Smoot Outstanding Citizen Award, Rotary Club's Service-Above-Self Award, Scouting's Silver Beaver award, the Red Cross Clara Barton award and the Sons of Utah Pioneers "Modern Pioneer" award.
Outside of his work for the university, he is a retired vice president of corporate communications for Nu Skin International, Inc., former chairman and board member of Deseret Federal Savings and Loan, and former president of National Resources and Deseret Villages.
Beckham served eight years as a full-time volunteer in the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church. He has also served as president of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, president of the Provo Downtown Alliance, and has been an active member of the United Way and many other community organizations. In 2012 Beckham was recognized at the Boy Scouts America Gala Dinner for his lifelong dedication to scouting.
Also in 2012, Beckham was awarded the Franklin S. Harris Award and addressed graduates at the April Convocation for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Because of Beckham's large impact on the Communications program, there is an annual Beckham Lecture Series sponsored by the department.
In 2017, Beckham's developments for the city of Provo were honored in The Daily Herald and he was honored with the Freedom Award as part of Provo's annual Freedom Festival celebration.
After the death of his wife Ida, he later married Janette Callister Hales. He and Janette enjoyed 22 years together before he passed away on October 31, 2017.
- The Daily Herald - Ray Beckham touched lives, served often (10 Nov 2017)
- The Daily Herald - Ray Beckham (7 Nov 2017)
- Berg Mortuary - Raymond Earle Beckham (5 Nov 2017)
- The Daily Herald - Freedom Awards Gala recognize community activists and leaders (June 29 2017)
- BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications" - Making it there: COMMS NYC Internship Program (Aug 2015)
- The Daily Herald - Longtime Provo resident Ray Beckham puts others first across decades of development (22 Feb 2017)
- The Daily Herald - Scouts recognize Beckham for his service (17 Nov 2012)
- The Deseret News - Former Cougar/Ute dreams of returning respect to rivalry (22 Nov 2010)