Meet M-W Alumna: Diane Becker, Class of 1961

on May 30, 2019


Professor, Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Favorite Memory

Interminably long freezing cold bus rides from Greenwood Lake in snow up to our knees, skidding around the ice at Round Lake in Monroe, sometimes taking 2 hours. No snow days! Some days my dog slipped unseen onto the bus, hid under a seat, and emerged in Monroe. He would ride all the way to school and back with our bus driver named “Eggs.” I was mortified.

Favorite Teacher

Mr. Baumgarten scared me with his academic rigor but was still my favorite. He settled for nothing less than perfect English and cogent writing skills. He had a terrific snarky sense of humor we all enjoyed.


MWCHS provided highly competitive excellence in science, language and math which enabled me to achieve full scholarship funding for my baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees at The Johns Hopkins University, where I remain as medical school faculty and researcher. We also enjoyed a fabulous art program ( Mr Frandino), superior sports, and cultural opportunities. Not bad for a free public education in the boonies. No private school prepared anyone as well. I was a ghostly presence for my 4 years at MWCHS. I doubt classmates remember me. But I look back with near reverence for the dedication of my teachers and supportive caring environment.

Alumna D Becker hs photo

Diane Becker

Alumna Becker with alumnus Steve Temmel

With Steve Temmel, 1961 Class President, who lives in Los Angeles

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