Longtime Babcox Media Executive Becky Babcox Passes Away
Babcox Media is saddened to announce the passing of Mary Rebecca "Becky" Babcox, a longtime automotive aftermarket industry veteran. Becky died peacefully on Oct. 15, in Akron, Ohio, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). She was 60 years old.
For many years, Becky was co-owner of Babcox Media (publisher of Engine Builder magazine), along with her brother, Bill Babcox. Together, they
were the third generation of the Babcox family to run the company
founded by their grandfather, Edward S. Babcox, in 1920. Becky retired
from the company in 2006, after nearly 30 years in the business. She was
named “Woman of the Year” by the Car Care Council Women's Board that
In addition to serving as corporate secretary of Babcox, Becky was
publisher of Automotive Rebuilder magazine, known today as Engine
Builder magazine. She was an active participant in the rebuilding
industry, serving as a board member of the Production Engine
Remanufacturers Association (PERA) and numerous other aftermarket
associations, including the Engine Builders Association (AERA), the
Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and the Car Care
Council Women’s Board.
“Becky was well-known and respected for her contributions to the
industry and made many friends among aftermarket professionals during
her years of service. With her warm and friendly nature, Becky couldn’t
walk down the aisles at trade shows without receiving abundant hellos
from admiring industry peers,” the company said in a statement. “All
those who knew her would say her generosity was unmatched. She lived
life with a positive attitude and even in the end stages of life never
relinquished her characteristic grace and humility.”
In addition to her significant career accomplishments, Becky served her
beloved Akron community by giving time and energy to Goodwill
Industries, Planned Parenthood, Junior League of Akron, the Akron Garden
Club, Old Trail School, and many others.
Becky was a graduate of Emory University and received her MBA from The Ohio State University. She is survived by her son, Rob.
A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church, 292 E.
Market St., in Akron, on Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., with a reception
immediately to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Goodwill Industries of Akron, 570 E.
Waterloo Rd., Akron, Ohio 44319, or to the charity of your choice.