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Benjamin Franklin III ’39

Published in May 20, 1998, issue

Ben died Jan. 1, 1998, in San Francisco, where he had made his home since 1986. His ashes will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in June 1998. From Princeton Ben went on to Yale Law School and graduated in 1942, going immediately into the Navy, where he served in submarines until 1946. One of the subs he served in was the USS Quillback, which surfaced within sight of the Japanese coast to rescue a downed American fighter pilot. Ben was awarded the Submarine Combat Pin with 3 stars.

After the war he worked as a lawyer in Morristown until 1961, when he joined the Rockaway Corp, eventually becoming president. At the same time he served in the New Jersey Legislature until 1970. He was chairman of the New Jersey Mental Health Commission.

In 1973 he formed his own consulting firm, Benstuart Corp., in NYC, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Then in 1986 he moved to San Francisco as a tax consultant.

Ben and his wife, Alice Abell, were divorced in 1974. To Ben's sons Benjamin IV and Alan Brook, his sister Freida, and his brother Alan '43, we extend our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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