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Dr. Linda E. Benjamin

April 30, 1940 October 28, 2018
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Remembering Dr. Linda Elaine Benjamin

Linda was the first of three children born to Louise Adina White and H. Rhudel White. Noting a dark spot on her foot when she was born in the family home in Savan, someone said she was going to be a traveler. That statement held true for the rest of her life. Linda was the first of three children. Her sister Linnette passed away in 1993, and a brother who was stillborn.

Linda attended the Sts. Peter and Paul School and graduated at the age of 16, in the class of 1956. She attended the Inter American University in San German, Puerto Rico, graduating cum laude. She received her permanent certificate in early education from The State University of New York, her Master of Science in Education from Hunter College of the City of New York, and her PhD in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

While home on leave from the military, I was walking on Main Street with my uncle, the late Lambert Harley, and our conversation was about beautiful women. He drew my attention to a young lady walking past the Enid Baa Library and dared me to ask her for a date. I accepted the challenge, walked across the street, and after a brief conversation she agreed to a date. Actually, I was so surprised with her positive response I wasn’t quite sure what to say next. I recall mumbling out Bluebeards for dinner and dancing to Lad Richards. That was in March of 1958, and on August 26, 1962 we were married at Christ Church Methodist. Our reception was the first such event to be held at what was then the Scott’s Hotel.

We moved to New York where Linda taught at a school that was four blocks from our house in Brooklyn. She taught in the New York City System for ten years before we returned to St. Thomas. Back home she served as an Assistant Principal at the Joseph Sibilly School and then at the Emanuel Benjamin Oliver School. In 1976 she began her tenure at the College of the Virgin Islands, now the University of the Virgin Islands, and retired in 1996.

That prediction about traveling was very true, for what Linda liked more than traveling, was more traveling. In addition to driving from New York to California and back during a summer break, and many other domestic weekend car trips, we took over 30 cruises and numerous flights, visiting countries around the world. Three trips she always enjoyed talking about were her first trip to Paris where she decided, while there, to extend her stay for a year and study French at the Sorbonne. She also fondly remembered our return visit to the family with which she lived for a summer in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The third was our trip to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The German theologian Georg Hermes said, “A beautiful and chaste woman is the perfect workmanship of God, the true glory of angels, the rare miracle of earth, and the sole wonder of the world.” After 56 years together, this woman that fit that description, was called home. She made her last journey – by herself, to rest in peace with her Lord.

I will always love her, cherish the beautiful memories of our life together, and thank her for two wonderful sons and three outstanding grandchildren.

Larry Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is survived by her:
Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin, Sr.

Lawrence O. Benjamin, Jr., Sean R. Benjamin Sr.

Sean R. Benjamin Jr., Pierce A. Benjamin, Shea T. Benjamin

Jennifer Benjamin

Dr. Trevor Gray Sr.

Lt. Col. Trevor Gray II, Lt. Col. Darren Gray

The Wheatley, Faulkner and Smith Families

Special Cousins
Dr. Marilyn Krigger,

Special Friends
Toya C. Andrew, Natalie Sadler

Pall Bearers
Lawrence Benjamin, Jr., Sean R. Benjamin Sr., Sean R. Benjamin Jr., Pierce A. Benjamin, Rudolph “Ernie” Krigger, Lawrence Sylvester, Sr.

Honorary Pall Bearers
Shea T. Benjamin, Dr. Yegin Habtes, Dr. Orville Kean, Frankie Smith.

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