Marvin Beckerman


Photo: Lisa Mandel

Marvin Beckerman of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away on December 26, 2022. He was the beloved husband of Muriel Beckerman; devoted father of Lori Raskin (Stephen) and Staci Falk; proud grandfather of Brandon and Ashley Raskin; attentive brother of Rita Beckerman and Carole Mann (Zachary); precious uncle, cousin and friend.

As the son of David and Viola Hoffman Beckerman, Marvin was instilled with a strong sense of family. He was a loving and protective older brother to his sisters, Rita and Carole. Shared adventures and priceless memories with cousins continue to entertain and delight the family.

Marvin was a steadfast source of advice, support and love for his wife, Muriel, and daughters, Lori and Staci. He was thrilled to be known as “Papa” by his grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley. He had a quick wit and was always ready to be a comfort in good times and not-so-good ones.

He was a humble young man with a passion for playing violin, consuming knowledge, following his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and being a loyal friend – all which remained important in his adult life.

Marvin graduated from Soldan High School during the desegregation ruling. In college he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. forever solidifying his beliefs in civil rights, social action, and activism and influencing how he approached the world with an open mind and heart.

His academic achievements included an undergraduate degree from Harris Stowe Teacher’s College, a master’s degree from Washington University, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Syracuse University. Marvin’s career as an educator led him from the classroom to not-for-profit, inspiring students both young and old, to learn. Likewise, he himself continued to seek knowledge and be a student of life.

Marvin strongly believed in Tikkun Olam. Whether it was voting or volunteering, he was ready to heed the call. He was recognized as a 2014 Unsung Hero. Just a few of the many organizations he worked with were Kids Voting Missouri (CECH), OACAP, Midwest Jewish Congress, Missourians Against Handgun Violence, and Upward Bound. He was very active at BSKI, Kol Rinah, and Traditional synagogues.

Marvin is dearly missed by all who loved him and whose lives he forever transformed. May his memory be a blessing and inspire others to continue to repair the world.

Services were previously held. Memorial contributions preferred to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, the ADL, or a charity of your choice.