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New residence honours trailblazing couple

Alumni News Magazine | Fall/Winter 2020

UNB’s newest student residence in Saint John will honour two key figures in the campus’ history, Barry Beckett (PhD’70) and the late Flora Beckett.

The Becketts joined UNB Saint John in 1966. Barry was a chemistry professor and campus registrar. Flora was a mathematics instructor and director of the Math Help Centre. They helped build an identity for the campus based upon research excellence and community engagement.

The 40,000-sq.ft. geothermally heated Barry and Flora Beckett Residence features 104 beds and will open in January 2021.

UNB President Paul Mazerolle praised the Becketts’ legacy.

“Barry and Flora Beckett embodied the commitment to academic achievement, public service and sustainable growth that defines our university,” says Dr. Mazerolle. “By demonstrating a desire to see every student succeed, they helped UNB Saint John grow from a small commuter campus into a forward-thinking, international centre for research and education.”

Barry Beckett said the residence is a testament to the campus’ importance to the community.

“When our first classes opened, families were struggling to send even one child to university,” he says. “UNB Saint John has become a force for professional development and growth in our city, attracting students from around the world.“ Flora and I fell in love with this remarkable community that was developing around the university. To be recognized together in this way is a great honour.”

Lesley Beckett Balcom, UNB’s dean of libraries, is the daughter of Flora and Barry Beckett.

“It’s an honour to have the new residence named for our parents,” she says. “They were active and enthusiastic supporters of international students on campus, so a residence that will foster the interaction between students from near and far is a lovely way for them to be recognized.”

Dr. Petra Hauf, vice-president Saint John at UNB, says the residence is part of a growing sense of excitement and momentum on the campus.

“Community is at the core of UNB’s identity,” she says. “The Barry and Flora Beckett Residence honours the vision that had guided this campus for more than 50 years, while inspiring our students to create a prosperous and sustainable future.”    

 A fund has been created in the Becketts’ honour to continue their legacy of improving the student experience on the Saint John campus. To donate, visit

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