Benjamin G. M. Priest ’56 died on April 3, 2012.
He was born in Boston on June 15, 1934, son of the late George T. Priest ’26, and graduated from Classical High School in Providence, R.I. A member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and an English major, he was awarded the Alice Merrill Mitchell Prize for acting as a senior at Bowdoin. He was president of Masque and Gown, editor of the Quill, and a featured writer for the Orient. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theater from the University of Denver in 1969, and served to sergeant in the Army. He held several teaching positions and worked in theater. He was the founder and director of the McElmo Canyon Field in Colorado, a resource facility for experiential education in archeology, anthropology and ecology. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Nye Priest. He was the father of a daughter, Susan.