Brian M. Benson Sr., school official

August 11, 1994

Brian M. Benson Sr., a longtime administrator in the Montgomery County public school system, died of cancer Aug. 1 at his Towson home.

Mr. Benson, who was 80, retired in 1974 after 22 years in the Montgomery schools, first as the director of finance and then as a federal legislative consultant. Earlier, he worked for six years as a supervisor of finance in the Maryland Department of Education.

A native of Halethorpe, Mr. Benson graduated from the University of Maryland in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He became a certified public accountant in 1942.

During World War II, he was an ensign in the Navy in the Pacific aboard the USS Hahn. He was among the first members of the American military to arrive in Japan after the atomic bombs were dropped.

During his years as a school administrator, Mr. Benson was active in a number of professional associations. He was president of the School Business Officials of Maryland in 1957 and was president of the Maryland Public Finance Officers Association in 1962.

He was president of the Maryland Retired Teachers Association in 1974 and 1975.

He was an active member and trustee at the Rockville United Methodist Church for many years until he and his wife moved to Towson in 1975.

Mr. Benson is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Elizabeth Maddox; a daughter, Nancy B. Eckels of Towson; two sons, Dr. Brian M. Benson Jr. of Dover, Del., and Giles R. Benson of Rockville; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at the Towson United Methodist Church, and Mr. Benson was buried yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family suggested donations to the American Cancer Society or Towson United Methodist Church.

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