Long-time friends of BYU to be Homecoming Parade grand marshals

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BYU alumni and long-time supporters of the university, Raymond and Janette Beckham, will lead the Homecoming Parade as grand marshals on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.

In addition to serving as a professor and administrator at BYU for 42 years, Raymond Beckham was the first full-time BYU Alumni Association director and co-founder of the Cougar Club. He was also highly instrumental in obtaining fundraising for LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Marriott Center and the Smith Fieldhouse, according to a press release.

Charlene Winters of BYU News said Raymond Beckham is “Mr. BYU,” adding that he served as bishop in one of the first BYU student wards in the 1950s and has been continually involved in the university since then.

BYU Alumni Raymond and Janette Beckham will serve as grand marshals at this year's Homecoming Parade. The Beckhams have been invested in BYU for many years, including directing the Alumni Association, co-founding the Cougar Club, and playing a large part in acquiring the property and funding for Aspen Grove Family Camp.
BYU alumni Raymond and Janette Beckham will serve as grand marshals at this year’s Homecoming Parade. The Beckhams have been invested in BYU for many years, including directing the Alumni Association, co-founding the Cougar Club and founding Aspen Grove Family Camp.
(Photo courtesy BYU Photo)

Executive Homecoming Committee chair John C. Lewis explained that Raymond Beckham was the one who convinced BYU to keep the Aspen Grove Family Camp property. He also assisted in finding needed donors and helped make the facilities what they are today.

“They are absolutely long-time supporters of BYU, and … this year is the 50th anniversary of Aspen Grove,” Lewis said. “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to honor them.”

Lewis added that Janette Beckham has been right by Raymond’s side as a large investor in BYU. A BYU graduate herself, she has served in the Utah State legislature, the Church’s Olympic Coordinating Committee, chair of the Utah State College Board of Trustees and is a former general Young Women’s president of the Church, according to a press release.

Raymond Beckham said he and his wife “bleed blue” and have loved the opportunities they have had to serve in various capacities.

“We are very honored and happy to be selected for grand marshals,” said Raymond Beckham. “We love BYU. We have spent our lives serving here.”

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