In the mid-1930s, a conversation occurred between a successful businessman, Otto G. Beck and his brother-in-law, Pastor Nicholas Frueh, who was a member of the Texas Lutheran College Board of Regents. This short conversation resulted in the largest single gift ever received by Texas Lutheran University.
The gift was received more than 35 years later in 1969 in the form of a bequest which provided capital for the university administration building bearing his name, a maintenance endowment to care for the O.G. Beck Center, and a substantial endowment, the income of which is used for educational purposes of the university.

The O.G. Beck Society was formed in 1996 to recognize those friends and alumni of Texas Lutheran University who have included TLU in their estate plans. The current O.G. Beck Society members listed below will help Texas Lutheran University fulfill its mission to provide quality higher education in a community of faith for generations to come.
Current Members