Regional Director, Jim Beck, made a tremendous difference in the lives of countless students and mentors through his devotion and dedication to FIRST Robotics. We are deeply saddened by his passing last weekend. Jim’s efforts helped make our team what it is today. Generations of students have found a passion for STEM because of his endeavors. Jim was a lifeline in every aspect-- in 2007, he saved 971 from a lack of funds, he acted as a mentor to mentors of our team, and started regional competitions with hopes that students find their passions in FIRST. This does not come close to encompassing the impact Jim had on the FIRST community. We have the ability to make a difference because of the commitment Jim showed to us and FIRST Teams across the world. His contributions to 971 and FIRST will always be remembered. Thank you for everything Jim.
There is a nice tribute to Jim on the FIRST website