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Stephen Arnold Becker, museum administrator. Member American Association Museums, American Folklore Society.


Becker, Stephen Arnold was born on August 24, 1951 in Redwood City, California. Son of Leo H. and May Blossom (Goldberg) Becker.


Attended San Mateo Parents' Cooperative Nursery School, San Mateo Park Grammar School, San Mateo High School, University of California at Santa Barbara (two quarters), graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, Graduate school at Indiana University's Folklore Institute. Graduated with a Master's degree and Ph.D. Candidate in Folklore with minors in Museum Studies and Educational Systems Technology.


Assistant curator museum Indiana University, Bloomington, 1973-1977, lecturer folklore department, 1975-1977. Historian Sacramento History Center, 1977-1978. Director history division County Parks Department, Riverside, California, 1979-1985.

Assistant director Museum International Folk Art, Santa Fe, 1985-1989. Director Museum Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory Anthropology, 1989-1995. President, Chief Executive Officer, Turtle Bay Museum and Arboretum, Redding, California, 1995-1998.

Museum consultant, 1998-2000. Deputy director development & external affairs Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, California, since 1998. Director external affairs Zeum Art and Technology Center, San Francisco, since 2000.


Atheistic Jewish Buddhist. OK, maybe just agnostic. But definitely culturally Jewish with that Tibetan/Zen Buddhist outlook.


Left of Liberal, Proudly!


Member American Association Museums, American Folklore Society, PUKA - Puna Ukulele & Kanikapila Association, UFOs of Marin - Ukulele Friends Ohana, past member Dan Cupid (rock band, 1967-69) - predecessor band to The Motels, Code Blue, The Rave-Ups, The Honorable DHC.


Married Beverly Nichols-Fredotovich, July 31, 1977. 1 child, Joseph Nikola. Divorced 2010. Married Jennifer Susan Shoshana White, 2012. Lives in Hawaiian Paradise, Keaau, Hawaii with Jenny (female humanoid), The Dude (male canine shi tzu) and Missy (female calico feline).

Leo H. Becker

May Blossom (Goldberg) Becker

Jennifer Susan Shoshaha Becker

Joseph Nikola Becker