Samuel N. Benjamin
Samuel N. Benjamin, of New York, New York, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at the age of 91. He was born March 2, 1915, one of nine children of William Massena Benjamin and Charlotte Hoffman Prime Benjamin of New York City and Garrison, New York. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1938, where he was an active member of the Delta Psi fraternity and later served as its National President, and he graduated from the Flying Cadets in 1941, from which he received the Military Saber Award as the most outstanding cadet in his class. He later graduated from Command and General Staff School and the Army Air Force Staff School, rising to the rank of Major before leaving the air force in 1946, having served and taught flight training during World War II at various air bases in the western United States and South America.
Samuel N. Benjamin was married to Joan Oakey Benjamin on February 14, 1942, and their son, the late Samuel N. Benjamin, Jr., was born on March 11, 1943. In 1946 he returned with his wife and son to Garrison, and joined New York City-based Ruland & Benjamin, Inc., a real estate management, appraisal, and mortgage company, which he served as President and Head of the Management Department. Benjamin served at various
times as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the New York chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, President of the Washington Square Association, and a member of the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association. He taught real estate management courses for both the Institute of Real Estate Management and New York University. He served as President and a member of the Board of Governors of the St. Anthony Club and as a Governor of the Squadron A Club. Benjamin was a volunteer Big Brother and a member of the Manhattan Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, each for over 20 years. He loved the theatre and was an avid traveler, dog owner, horseback rider, and water-skier.
Samuel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan O. Benjamin, his sisters Mary Benjamin Herring and Sarah Benjamin Prentise, his daughterin law Judith B. Benjamin, three grandchildren, Stephen N. Benjamin, Blair W. Benjamin, and Laura E. Benjamin, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 1 at St. Philips Church in the Highlands, Garrison, New York.