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 James Miller Benson

James Miller Benson

Death 26 May 1996 (aged 88)
Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Burial Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA
Plot Lawn 2, Section C, Lot 410
Memorial ID 20711175 · View Source
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Husband of Rosalie Healy (nee Hooper) Benson; father of three children; physicist

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Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - May 28, 1996

Dr. James M. Benson, 88, of 2210 Chesapeake Avenue, died at home Sunday morning, May 26, 1996, following a lengthy illness.

Dr. Benson served as vice president, Director of Research, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Hastings-Raydist of Hampton, Va. (subsequently Teledyne Hastings-Raydist). Following his retirement he served as consultant and continued to be active in the affairs of the company for many years.

Dr. Benson was also assistant treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of Offshore Raydist Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of Raydist Navigation Corporation. He had been associated with Hastings-Raydist since 1944, first serving as a consultant in the founding of the company, and was engaged in research and development work on a full-time basis since 1951.

Prior to accepting his position on the Hastings-Raydist staff, he was employed for 15 years as a research scientist at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA), where he was Head of the Hydrodynamic Analysis Section and later became Head of Special Projects in the Instrument Research Division.

More than 15 United States and foreign patents pertaining to Hastings-Raydist products have been issued to Dr. Benson as inventor or co-inventor, and he has also presented and published numerous technical articles on vacuum gauges, radio navigation devices and flow meters for scientific organizations.

Dr. Benson was a native of Dayton, Tenn., where as a high school student he studied under John T. Scopes. At Scopes' request, he was a witness in the well-known evolution trial there.

Dr. Benson graduated from East Tennessee State College with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and from the University of Tennessee with master's and Ph.D. degrees in physics and mathematics. He also completed additional graduate work at the University of Iowa and at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies and was an instructor of physics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He was a member of the American Physical Society, Instrument Society of America, American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Vacuum Society, Institute of Navigation, Newcomen Society, Peninsula Executives Club, Hampton Kiwanis Club, and Sigma Xi, a national honorary scientific research organization. He was past president of the Peninsula Fine Arts Association.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Hooper Benson, and two daughters, Rosalie Irwin and Maureen Healy. He was preceded in death by a son, James Franklin Benson.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Miller Benson (31 Dec 1907–26 May 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20711175, citing Greenlawn Memorial Park, Newport News, Newport News City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Mary W. Daley (contributor 46889777) .