Jack F. Beck Sr.
Jack F. Beck Sr.

Jack F. Beck Sr., former CEO and president of Enterprise Electric Co. who enjoyed collecting and driving vintage Buicks, died Monday at Howard County General Hospital of pneumonia. He was 83.

The son of Raymond Beck, who founded Enterprise Electric Co. in 1928, and Margaret Beck, a homemaker, Jack Franklin Beck was born in Baltimore and raised in Irvington and Linthicum.


After graduating in 1950 from Polytechnic Institute, he earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1954 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Beck started working summers with his father's company in 1948 and joined it full time after graduating from Maryland. He was president of the company from 1981 until 1999, when he became CEO. He retired in 2006.

The former longtime Ellicott City resident was a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He also had served as president, governor and board member of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors' Association from 1968 to 2004.

In 1995, he was named a fellow of the National Academy of Electrical Contractors.

He also participated from 1967 to 2006 through leadership and financial commitment to the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program of IBEW Local 24.

Mr. Beck financially supported Polytechnic Institute, where he served on its board of overseers from 1984 to 1992, and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1995.

He coached football and baseball for the Howard County Youth Program. A lover of sports, he had played competitive baseball in the 1950s, and then switched to softball and bowling in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he began golfing at Turf Valley Country Club, where he had a hole-in-one in 1985.

Mr. Beck, who had lived in Woodstock since 2010, was a Baltimore Colts, Orioles and Ravens fan.

A lover of antique automobiles, Mr. Beck owned a blue-green 1938 Buick convertible and a 1948 cream-colored Buick convertible, which he enjoyed driving on Sunday afternoons or in Mount Hebron High School's annual homecoming parades.

He was a member and Sunday school teacher at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Marlene Hommerbocker; three sons, Jack F. Beck Jr. and Paul R. Beck, both of Ellicott City, and Gary C. Beck of Alva, Fla.; a sister, Beverly McLellan of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.