Jessica Catherine Beck, age 21, from Richmond, Va., a graduate of Douglas Freeman High School and a 2006 graduate of OSU, passed away suddenly in her sleep on September 15, 2005. She was a member of USA Synchro since 1995; she received the Spirit Award and the U.S. South Zone Swimmer of the Year in 2002, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jessica was acknowledged as an exceptional scholar athlete as exemplified in her attainment of Academic All Big Ten, National Scholarship and the Dean's List at The Ohio State University. She touched everyone with whom she came in contact, especially through her extensive volunteer work with the Red Cross and with teaching autistic children gymnastics at the Tuckahoe Y.M.C.A. Jessica was a swim instructor for the National Youth Sports Program at OSU for 3 years. She was closer than a sister to each of her teammates on Ohio State's renowned synchronized swimming team, being an integral part of two collegiate national championship teams. She was an inspiration to all who had the honor and privilege of knowing her. In loving memory and admiration of the many ways she touched the lives of her Ohio State family, the team's traditional closed circle will be forever held open to allow a place for Jessica to always be a part of their traditions.
Thanks to the Wellesley Whitecaps for raising over $3,400.00 for the Douglas Freeman Scholarship Fund.
Margaret (Blair) Blackwell- Recipient 2007 Jessica Beck Memorial Scholarship at Douglas Freeman High School
Leah Pinette- Recipient 2007-2008 Jessica Beck Memorial Scholarship at The Ohio State University
Links with more about Jessica and Guestbooks in which you can leave your comments:
Photo Gallery of Jessica
Synchro Community Mourns Loss of Jessica Beck
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Obituary/Guest Book
Ohio State University - Obituary/Guest Book
Columbus Dispatch 4/27/06