Nicholas BeckNicholas Dubois Dominic Beck was born May 4, 1857 in Cobourg, Ontario, to parents Georgina (Boulton) and the Reverend J.W.R. Beck. He served the University of Alberta as its first vice-chancellor (1908-26) and second chancellor (1926-27) and as a member of the Senate (1908-28) and of the Board of Governors (1926-27).
Beck worked as an attorney in Peterborough, Ontario from 1879-83 while earning his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1881. From 1883-89, he worked as an attorney in Manitoba. He was the editor of the Northwest Catholic Review and the Territorial and Alberta Law Reports.
Beck enjoyed a successful law career in Alberta, having served as president of the Alberta Law Society. From 1889-91, Beck worked in the law firm of Lougheed, McCarthy and Beck in Calgary and served as Crown Prosecutor in the District of Edmonton during 1891-92. From 1892-1907, Beck served as Solicitor in the City of Edmonton and was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel of Alberta in 1893. In 1905, Beck was a legal consultant on the Alberta and Saskatchewan Autonomy Bills.
From 1907-21, Beck served as both Puisne Justice and Member of the Supreme Court of Alberta. From 1921-28, he served as Justice, Appellate Division, of the Supreme Court of Alberta.
Beck married his second wife, Louisa Teefy, in 1906 and his third wife, Jean Tilley, in 1928. He is the father of Cyril L., H. Austin, Mrs J.C. Landry, and Mrs H. Milton Martin.
Beck passed away on May 15, 1928 in Seattle, Washington.