Ben died suddenly July 4, 2021, while walking in North Brunswick, N.J.

Born Jan. 12, 1939, in South Portland, Maine, Ben earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and an MLS from Rutgers, and studied politics at Princeton. Although he did not complete a Princeton degree, Ben was a stalwart volunteer for graduate alumni Annual Giving.

In 1964 he enlisted in the Army. A supply specialist in a combat engineer battalion in Germany, he was awarded a Commendation Medal for meritorious service. 

After a year at the Linden (N.J.) Public Library in 1969, Ben became a librarian at Rutgers Law School, Camden until 1980, when he transferred to the Kilmer Area Library (now the Carey Library) on Rutgers’ Livingston Campus. His career was spent largely in reference and instructional services. He retired in 2003.

Ben worked on eight reference books; journal articles in political science, history, library science, and sociology; and more than 40 encyclopedia articles. His scholarly interests included guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency; interfaces between police and military organizations; and political development in the United States during the Progressive Era, 1900-1921.

Ben was predeceased by his wife, Anne Brugh, in 2001. 

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Graduate Class of 1962