Stanley J. Drazek, 77, chancellor of UM collegeStanley J...

March 14, 1996

Stanley J. Drazek, 77, chancellor of UM college

Stanley J. Drazek, retired chancellor of the University College division of the University of Maryland College Park, died Monday of renal failure and cancer at Washington Adventist Hospital. He was 77.

The College Park resident joined UM as a research fellow in 1947. A year later, he began a 30-year association with University College, formerly the College of Special and Continuation Studies.

He was chancellor of the adult and continuing education division, which has numerous locations throughout the state and extension branches at overseas military bases, from 1975 to 1978, when he retired.

"Dr. Drazek's leadership in adult higher education resulted in greatly increased opportunities for a group of individuals who used to be considered nontraditional students," said T. Benjamin Massey, president of University College. "As a result of those efforts, we have seen a shift in the definition of a college student, and today adults who study part time are in the majority. Stan Drazek made that happen."

University College established the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, which is given each year at commencement.

Born and raised in Hagaman, N.Y., he earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 from the State University of New York at Oswego. After service during World War II in the Army Air Corps, he earned a master's degree in 1947 and a doctorate in 1950 in industrial education, both from UM.

A memorial service was to be held at 10 a.m. today at the University of Maryland Chapel in College Park.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Marjorie E. Gifford; three sons, Paul A. Drazek of Bethesda, David L. Drazek of Greenbelt and Don Drazek of College Park; two daughters, Judith I. Hodgson of Waldorf and Janet Lynn Drazek of Riverdale; three brothers, Francis Drazek of Ithaca, N.Y., and Anthony and John Drazek, both of Syracuse, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Benjamin J. Benita Sr., 80, career Army officer

Benjamin J. Benita Sr., a career Army officer, died March 4 of heart failure at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda. The Odenton resident was 80.

He served 25 years in the Army before retiring in 1966 with the rank of captain. He served with the 5th Armored Division during World War II and also saw action in the Korean War. His decorations included the Silver Star, Croix de Guerre and Purple Heart.

After retiring, he became a civilian employee of the Army, working as supervisor of golf at Fort Meade. He retired again in 1975.

He was born and raised in New Haven, Conn., and earned an associate's degree at the University of Maryland.

He was active in Masonic affairs and the O'Malley Senior Citizens Center in Odenton.

Services with full military honors were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Elizabeth C. Pomichter; two sons, Bruce J. Benita of Severn and Benjamin J. "Buddy" Benita of Manassas, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth R. Lang of Glendale, Calif.; and four grandsons.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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