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Leticia M. Vacek, City Clerk, TRMC/CMC/MMC or Lina Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the City Clerk / 210-207-7253
Mayor Ron Nirenberg Unveils Mayor Charles Becker’s Portrait for the “Wall of Mayors”
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 20, 2017) — Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Clerk Leticia Vacek unveiled a portrait of Mayor Charles L. Becker and placed it on the “Wall of Mayors” on December 15, 2017.
After Shirley Becker contacted Vacek in February about scrapbooks and of her late husband’s Mayoral Portrait, the City Clerk verified that Becker’s portrait was not hanging in the hall behind City Council Chambers along with other mayors throughout the city’s history.
“It was my pleasure to meet and work with Shirley over several months to plan the unveiling,” Vacek said. “Mayor Becker made important contributions to the City and is a significant part of San Antonio’s history.”
“It was an honor to join Shirley Becker for the unveiling and to hang Mayor Becker’s portrait,” said Mayor Nirenberg.
Mayor Becker became a City Councilmember for District 3 in 1971 during a time that the City of San Antonio only had 9 Districts and the Mayor’s position was elected amongst the City Council. Mayor Becker sought the District 3 seat again in 1973 and won. He was then elected by his fellow Councilmembers to serve as Mayor from 1973 - 1975.
During his tenure as Mayor, Mr. Becker made strides to curb the increase of the City’s utility rates to properly deal with inflation. He held a historic joint meeting of the City Council, City Public Service Board, City Water Board, and the San Antonio Transit System to establish the Mayor’s Committee on Interagency Goals to be a representative and voice for the “little guy.”
Mayor Becker served in the Army Air Corps as a Lieutenant and honored veterans with his service on the Honorary Steering Committee to the Vietnam War Memorial in downtown San Antonio. Mayor Becker owned the Handy Andy grocery chain in San Antonio since 1926 and was instrumental in bringing the stores from a local grocer to a food giant.
Mayor Becker passed away on June 1, 2004, at the age of 84 and is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley Becker who commissioned the mayoral portrait and witnessed the official unveiling and hanging of the portrait on the “Wall of Mayors” by Mayor Nirenberg on Friday, December 15, 2017.