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BECK, Miss Leonora, educator, born near Augusta, Ga., in 1862. At an early age she showed an unusual aptitude for linguistic study, speaking several modern languages when nine years old. She was well grounded M Latin and Greek when fifteen years old. Oxford College, Ala., having thrown open its doors to young women, and being the only college for nu n in the South which received them, Miss Beck entered and received a careful and thorough training for her chosen profession. At the age of sixteen years she was graduated with A.M. distinction and at once accepted the position of young lady principal in the Bowden, Georgia, College, which she held for two-and-one-half years. During her connection with that institution Miss Beck Instructed in metaphysics, Latin and Greek about one-hundred students, ranging from the ages of fifteen to thirty years. Her success as an educator becoming more generally known, she was urged to accept many positions of trust and honor, but declined them. The Jackson Institute was her next field of labor, and that now famous school owes its popularity and success in a great measure to the energy of thought and action which characterized her work while connected with it. In 1889 Miss Beck removi d to Atlanta to engage in founding a first-class school for girls. That college, first known as the Capital Female College, is now known as the Leonora Beck College. The success of the school has been remarkable. Under the principalship of Miss Beck, with a board of trustees LEONORA BECK.jpgLEONORA BECK. selected from the best-known educators of the land, and with a corps of seventeen assistant teachers in all the various branches of learning and tine arts, the school has Liken rank with the foremost colleges for young women in the South. Socially Miss Beck is very popular. The amplitude of her mind and the generosity of her nature make her a desirable friend and interesting companion. In everything she does there is an earnest purpose, which illustrates a strong mental and spiritual law. Her sympathies are acute, and the sincere interest which she manifests in all of humanity makes her at once a power for good. Miss Beck is an occasional contributor to the periodical press. A series of essays on Robert Browning is, perhaps, her most enduring contribution to literature