Richard Watson Benjamin ’44

Richard Watson Benjamin ’44 died on February 23, 2006, in Kennewick, Washington.

Born on March 15, 1923, in Lynn, Mass., he prepared for college at Beverly (Mass.) High School and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. He received his degree from the College in 1944 while he was serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was an agent with the Prudential Insurance Company from 1946 to 1950 and an agent with the Union Central Life Insurance Company in Boston from 1950 to 1955, when he became a teacher in Essex, Mass. He continued as a teacher and then a principal in Beverly, Mass., from 1958 to 1962 and was director of pupil services in Mountain Lakes, N.J., from 1962 to 1971, when he became principal in Totowa, N.J. In 1973, he became director of special services in Ridgefield Park, N.J. In 1950, he received a master of education degree from Salem State College in Massachusetts. He was married in 1944 to Lois Blackler and in 1975 to Lorrain DeRosa. Surviving are his son, Robert J. Benjamin ’66, and a daughter, Judith.