Captain W. H. Benson, ex-professor, dies.

from the Carlisle Sentinel, local newspaper, December 29, 1984.
(this document is provided courtesy of the Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA)

Capt. William H. (Tee) Benson, USN (Retired), died Friday at home, in Carlisle. He was born in Halethorpe, Md. and was the son of Carville D. and Harriette C. Benson.

He served on the battleships Texas, Arizona, and Idaho, light minelayers Burns and Ramsay, cruiser Augusta (China Station and East Coast during the early days of World War II), was commanding officer of the attack transport George Clymer (including participation in the Invasion of Okinawa), and Desron 20.

George Clymer (Attack Transport APA 27)

His various shore duties included two tours at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, Virginia (the latter as ordnance officer and deputy commanding officer). His last tour of active duty was as commanding officer of the Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head, Maryland. He gratuated from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

In addition, he served from July 1950 to July 1951 as Assistant Chief of Staff to Commander Naval Forces Far East, Vice Admiral C. Turner Joy, U.S. Navy, for Plans, Operation and Intelligence.

He was awarded the "Legion of Merit" by the President of the United States for performance of duty during this period (the first year of the Korean War).

Upon retiring from the Navy in September 1955 he joined the faculty of Dickinson College as assistant professor of mathematics. He was made an associate professor of mathematics in 1957. He served as registrar of Dickinson College from 1959 to 1967.

William H. Benson, in 1960

He retired as associate professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, 1 January 1970. He wrote, with Mr. Oswald Jacoby, Mathematics for Pleasure, New Recreations with Magic Squares, and Magic Cubes New Recreations.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and also a member of the Carlisle Rotary Club.

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