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Albert Dean Benson MAT ’64

Albert Dean Benson MAT ’64, May 28, 2011, in Portland. Al served in the navy before enrolling at Central Washington College of Education, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He came to Portland in 1958 and taught English at Cleveland High School for 30 years, with summers spent fishing for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska. He also was a member of the Portland Chess Club and the Elks Club. He played handball and racquetball and enjoyed yard work and reading. For the past 19 years, he lived on Woodstock Boulevard, which gave him the opportunity to admire the Reed campus on a daily basis. Survivors include his daughter Susan Benson Zoref MALS ’06, son-in-law Norman Zoref, and grandchildren Sarah Zoref ’05 and Robert Zoref.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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