Benjamin, 41, of Washington, DC, was born July 30, 1980, and died suddenly of natural causes on November 23, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel, and is mourned by his mother, Julianne, of Frederick, Maryland, his uncle, Richard Walker, of Phoenix, Arizona, and his friends and family.
The joys of his short life included the times he spent with his friends, his penchant for political debate, scholastic achievement, holiday and birthday celebrations, and times spent at the beach, particularly the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He vacationed there every summer with his family from the time he was 3 through college.
As a child, Benjamin attended Sheridan School in Washington, DC. While there he developed an acumen for mathematics and a love of chess. He began to excel at chess at the age of 8. It was then that he began to play against adults, the first being a family friend who challenged him at a Thanksgiving dinner—and lost. Later, when his middle school class was visiting Sweden, he beat a chess master repeatedly. Benjamin said he thought the man was saying many bad words in Swedish.
While in elementary school, he played Little League baseball and wrestled in a community wrestling league. Later he competed in wrestling in high school, at Westtown Friends School in Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed swimming and sailing and worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA in Bethesda, Maryland, during summer vacations.
His accomplishments included his scholastic excellence, which earned him a merit tuition award from George Washington University. He graduated from GWU with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance. At both GW and Montgomery College in Maryland, where he earned an associate’s degree, he co-founded student organizations for those studying business and finance. He pursued a career as a financial analyst, spending 10 years with Sprint Corporation and several years as an independent contractor.
A private burial was held at High Point Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. Benjamin now rests with his father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice or the Salvation Army.