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Eugene J. Becker, Ellicott City resident and former NSA official, dies

Eugene J. Becker, Ellicott City resident and former NSA official, dies

Eugene J. Becker, a retired National Security Agency official who was an active member of the National Cryptologic Museum, died Saturday in his sleep at Howard County General Hospital.

The Ellicott City resident was 90.

Eugene Joshua Becker was born in New York City and raised in Washington Heights. He was the son of Harry Becker, a businessman, and Nellie Becker, a homemaker.

After graduating from George Washington High School in Washington Heights, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1951 in international studies from George Washington University in Washington, and six years later a master’s degree in Arabic studies from Harvard University.

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