It is with the greatest sadness that we learned of the death of our colleague and friend, Jeffrey M. Beck, who passed away on March 10 at his home in Elliott City, MD. On behalf of all of us here at the National Council on Problem Gambling, we offer our deepest sympathy to the Beck family and Jeff’s friends and colleagues, who could not have been prepared for this sudden loss.
Jeff was a trailblazer in the problem gambling world. At the time of his passing, Jeff was employed with The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, as its Clinical Director. Jeff had previously been Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Research and Treatment at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. Jeff practiced law for 18 years before returning to school to get a Masters in Addiction Counseling and completing all course work and qualifying exams for a Ph.D. in Social Work.
He worked at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey for many years and served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2009 through 2015, including as vice president. Jeff had been chairman of the Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign for the last 6 years and served on many NCPG Committees including Helpline, Education, Bylaws, Prevention, Recovery, Responsible Gaming and Affiliates. Jeff was also president of the American Certification Board for many years and vice president of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board after the merger of the two organizations.
Most importantly, Jeff inspired many people with his intellect, his dedication to recovery, and his compassion. Jeff was such an extraordinary person, his passing is a truly great loss to the problem gambling community as a whole. He will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Private services will be held this week in New Jersey. Jeff is survived by his extended family and his wife Karen, who requested that those who wish to make a donation in Jeff’s memory consider making a gift to NCPG.