By:  Haywood, Shapiro                                  S.R. No. 901
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, The Texas Senate takes great pride in commending
    1-3  a truly remarkable Texan, Dr. Don Edward Beck, for his invaluable
    1-4  contributions toward the peaceful creation of a democratic
    1-5  South Africa; and
    1-6        WHEREAS, Dr. Beck began his lifelong interest in diplomacy
    1-7  and negotiation as a student at Abilene Christian University, where
    1-8  he received his master's degree in 1959; he credits this exemplary
    1-9  institution for imbuing in him the moral and spiritual dedication,
   1-10  as well as the solid academic background, that has enabled him to
   1-11  become one of the world's leading experts in conflict resolution
   1-12  techniques; and
   1-13        WHEREAS, This remarkable individual completed his doctorate
   1-14  at the University of Oklahoma before serving as a professor at
   1-15  the University of North Texas, where he quickly gained recognition
   1-16  for his innovative research and teaching in the field of peace
   1-17  and conflict studies; named one of the university's outstanding
   1-18  professors in 1969, he also was recognized as one of the outstanding
   1-19  professors in the nation only one year later; and
   1-20        WHEREAS, In the midst of the turbulent campus protests of
   1-21  the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. Beck was often called upon
   1-22  by university administrators to defuse potentially violent
   1-23  confrontations; today his negotiation techniques are still in
    2-1  use across the nation, and he is an active lecturer and member of
    2-2  the World Future Society, American Psychological Association, and
    2-3  International Society of Political Psychology; and
    2-4        WHEREAS, In 1979 this outstanding educator resigned his
    2-5  tenured position at the University of North Texas to devote himself
    2-6  fully toward ending apartheid in South Africa, a decision that
    2-7  received strong support and required great sacrifice from his loving
    2-8  wife, Patricia, and his children; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, Dr. Beck has been inspired and encouraged in his
   2-10  work by his mother, the former Bertha Mae Blevins; and
   2-11        WHEREAS, During the next 15 years, Dr. Beck worked behind the
   2-12  scenes with governmental officials, civil rights leaders, business
   2-13  investors and owners, and international diplomats to develop
   2-14  successful strategies for attaining a more peaceful transition
   2-15  of power in that troubled nation; during the final four years of
   2-16  this transformation, he was the only private citizen from the
   2-17  United States directly involved in the high-level negotiations
   2-18  that ultimately led to the release of political prisoners and the
   2-19  triumphant dissolution of the apartheid regime; and
   2-20        WHEREAS, During this time, Dr. Beck also cofounded the
   2-21  National Values Center, a group that applies emerging
   2-22  technologies and new scientific knowledge toward the development
   2-23  of more effective conflict resolution techniques; in addition to
   2-24  his consulting work with Fortune 500 companies, he has worked
   2-25  with the Denton Police Department, the Texas Department of Human
    3-1  Services, and the cities of Plano, Grapevine, and Colleyville to
    3-2  design creative solutions for pressing social and economic problems;
    3-3  and
    3-4        WHEREAS, Dr. Beck is a true inspiration to Texans everywhere
    3-5  who struggle against great odds to make the world a better place
    3-6  in which to work, live, and raise a family, and this Texan's
    3-7  exceptional accomplishments are indeed worthy of special legislative
    3-8  recognition and support; now, therefore, be it
    3-9        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   3-10  74th Legislature, hereby commend Dr. Don Edward Beck on his many
   3-11  extraordinary contributions toward peace and understanding in
   3-12  South Africa and extend warmest best wishes to Dr. Beck and his
   3-13  family for success and happiness in their future endeavors; and,
   3-14  be it further
   3-15        RESOLVED, That an official copy of this Resolution be prepared
   3-16  as an expression of gratitude and high regard by the Texas Senate.
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   3-18                                       President of the Senate
   3-19                                    I hereby certify that the above
   3-20                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
   3-21                               on May 3, 1995.
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   3-23                                       Secretary of the Senate
   3-24                               ______________________________________
   3-25                                        Member, Texas Senate
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    4-2                                        Member, Texas Senate