In an official statement released by TEKA Illumination on June 23, 2004, Larry L. Routh, President, co-owner and founder of BEGA-US, as well as the CFO, co-founder and co-owner of TEKA Illumination in Templeton, CA, passed away on March 22nd, 2004. A leader in the lighting industry for close to 40 years, he graduated from USC with a Bachelors in Industrial Design, and the University of California at Berkeley, with a Masters in Architecture.