Dr Becker had an encyclopedic knowledge of ophthalmology and medicine. He read approximately 100 medical journals each month. He knew the interests of every resident, student, fellow, and faculty member and would send articles to them on subjects that he thought they would find stimulating. All of this information was kept in his head, and he continued this practice until shortly before his death. Dr Becker, in typically modest fashion, often joked that the medical school library had been named for him because he had spent the most time reading there. He was also a collector of rare medical books and manuscripts and donated his collection to the Washington University Medical School Library (now known as the Bernard Becker Medical Library). Dr Becker was intensely interested in civil rights. He recruited women and minority students as fellows and faculty members when it was uncommon to do so in our profession. He and his wife Janet spent their time and used their financial resources in the aid of education, art, and medicine. They were especially interested in helping the poor, the homeless, and the hungry. All of their charitable efforts were done quietly, and most were done anonymously.