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James H. Becker, JDC Leader Since 1920, Dies at 76

James H. Becker, an investment banker and vice chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee since 1944, died here today at the age of 76. Mr. Becker joined the international relief agency in 1920 as its acting European director and went overseas to organize relief for impoverished Jews in Poland after World War I. He served two terms as chairman of the JDC’s National Council, from 1940-45 and 1955-59. Mr. Becker was born in Chicago and was educated at Cornell University.