David Beck – Board Member

A graduate of Princeton University and the Johns Hopkins University, David Beck completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His scientific background is in biochemistry and genetics, and he worked for more than forty years in research and science administration. An expert in cell culture and human genetic diseases, in his most recent scientific assignment David served for 14 years as CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research prior to moving to Oregon.

David and his wife, Jeanne, also a scientist, share a life long passion in the music, theatre, and wine, and they have traveled extensively to visit vineyards all over the world. When it came time to consider their next career (they use the terms refocus and refinance, instead of retire), David and Jeanne chose farming wine grapes in Oregon, whose spectacular wines they had long admired. They operate the Crawford Beck Vineyard in Amity, Oregon. The vineyard is on a 48 acres farm and currently 15 acres are planted with vines producing ultra-premium pinot noir, pinot gris, and chardonnay. Strong advocates of sustainable farming, the Becks have obtained LIVE and Salmon Safe certifications for their vineyard. David is a strong advocate of advancing Oregon’s wine grape industry, and he has been active on the Oregon Wine Board, the Oregon Wine Research Institute’s Policy Board, and other wine- related organizations.