Arthur L. Benson "Red" formerly of Concord died on February 27th in Simsbury CT. He was born in Lowell, Mass in 1930, son of the late Birger and Martha (Anderson) Benson.
He graduated from Lexington High School and Northeastern University. He also studied Industrial Management at the University of Tennessee. He met his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret (Jardine) Benson "Peg" at Arthur D. Little where they were both employed.
He served in the Navy as the Air Group 3 staff air intelligence officer on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in the Mediterranean and was a reactor development chemist at the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He left the AEC to return to Massachusetts, taking up residence with his family in Concord, MA and returning to Arthur D Little. He left Concord in 1977, going to work for Dexter Paper in Windsor Locks CT, retiring from there in 1988 at the age of 57.
During his career he shared in two United States patents.
While a resident of Concord, he was a founding member of the Heritage Pool and Racquet Club. He was an avid tennis player and skier, enjoyed long daily walks and particularly driving his boat around Lake Congamond with his family in Suffield CT where he has lived since leaving Concord MA. He had a great sense of humor and had passionate interests in WWII Naval history, his Swedish Geneology, photography, and carpentry.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his 4 children: Arthur Jr. "Chip". and his wife Roberta (Lane) "Bobbi" of Concord, MA, Douglas Benson of New York City, Gregory Benson of Simpsonville, SC, his wife Kathy (Kelly) Benson and their three children (Kirsten, Katie, and Robbie), and Kathryn (Benson) Hebert and her three children (Kelsey, Megan, and Ben). He is also survived by his brother Melvin Benson of Agawam, MA, his sister Helen Sandblom of Bedford, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his oldest brother Roland Benson of Kansas City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to Alzheimers Research and Support Organizations such as Alzheimers Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor New York, New York 10001 or the Alzheimers Association 225 N. Michigan Ave 17th floor Chicago, IL 60601.
Friends and family will gather to honor and remember Arthur on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00 pm in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden St., Concord. A reception will follow in the church hall.