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Concordia University Texas Archival Collection: George Beto materials

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Former Concordia Lutheran College President George J. Beto played a significant role in Lutheran education and ushered in Texas' system of prison education. He taught at Concordia Lutheran College, which is now called Concordia University Texas. While there, he taught religion, history, and economics, and was an advisor for student organizations. Beto served as Concordia's business manager before becoming its president. During his years at Concordia, he helped to transition the school into a junior college, desegregated the campus, and oversaw the first admission of women in 1955After his years at Concordia, Beto pioneered the establishment of a school district serving prisons and established possibly the first General Education Development testing program for prisoners of the Texas Prison System. Concordia students looked up to Beto and his leadership; after leaving Concordia, Beto became the director and chief of chaplains of the Texas Prison system.    

 

Congratulatory Western Union telegram from then US Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, to Concordia President George Beto

Yearbook Photos

1954 Concordian

1955 Concordian

President's Message

1955 Concordian

"Concordian" Advisor and Editors

1956 Concordian

1956 Concordian

1957 Concordian

1957 Concordian

1958 Concordian

1959 Concordian

1959 Concordian

1960 Concordian

Dedication

Groundbreaking

Scrapbook Images

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Telegrams and newspaper clippings provided courtesy of Concordia Historical Institute. Written permission to publish these materials must be secured by Concordia Historical Institute. For more information, please contact:

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All other materials copyright Concordia University Texas. Written permission to publish or display reproductions of materials held by Concordia University Texas must be secured from Concordia as owner of the physical property. For more information, please contact:

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library@concordia.edu

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Letters from George Beto

Letter from George Beto to the City Council of Austin regarding plans to build a super-highway that would drastically reduce the holdings of Lutheran Concordia College of Texas. Handwritten edits have been made to the last lines of the letter.

 

Letter from George Beto to F. H. Stelzer regarding a letter from Paul Schulz that says the attorney of Austin, Texas, is not satisfied with some paperwork.

Beto's Years at Lutheran Concordia College

1939- Beto's first place of employment was Concordia

1940- Beto began working on his Master's Degree

1939-1941- taught 19 hours per week; he taught U.S. History, World History, Algebra, Civics, Economics, and Religion

1942- Concordia's Board of Control issues Beto a call to a permanent faculty position as Professor of Science and Mathematics; Beto becomes fourth professor on the Austin faculty

1943- Beto completes his Concordia film

1944- Beto completes his Master's program and receives his degree

1944- Beto becomes ordained at St. Paul Lutheran Church

1945- Beto appointed as business manager at Concordia

1945- Beto begins teaching naval history at The University of Texas

1949- Beto becomes President of Concordia

1951- Concordia becomes a junior college

1953- Beto racially integrates the Concordia campus

1955- Beto receives his doctorate

1955- Women can be admitted to Concordia

1939-1959- Beto in charge of dormitory, waking boys up at 6:00 AM, made rounds during the evening

1959- Beto relinquishes his position at Concordia

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