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David Blair BENHAM

Male 1918 - 1991  (72 years)


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  • Name David Blair BENHAM 
    Born 11 Nov 1918  Fort Riley, Geary, Kansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jun 1991  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The grateful and loving memory of David B. Benham is held dear and forever by his surviving family: his wife, Betty and children, Barbara Lacy, Suzanne Benham, David Blair Benham II and Nancy Benham Johnston; by his brother, John; sister, Margaret; grandchildren; a great grandchild; nieces; a nephew and a host of friends. The memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, June 26 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Infant Crisis Center in care of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
    Person ID I1217  Prichard - Thompson Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2017 

    Father Webster Lance BENHAM,   b. 16 Apr 1882, Minnesota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1952, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Margaret Lemon DRAKE,   b. 08 Oct 1884, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1971, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Headstones
    Webster L and Margaret Drake Benham headstone
    Webster L and Margaret Drake Benham headstone
    Family ID F1787  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Betty Louise PRICHARD,   b. 20 Sep 1917, Bartlesville, Washington, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 2016, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1950  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Documents
    David Benham - Betty Prichard marriage
    David Benham - Betty Prichard marriage
    Last Modified 4 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F384  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Nov 1918 - Fort Riley, Geary, Kansas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jun 1950 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jun 1991 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • BENHAM David Blair, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Benham Group, died Monday of heart complications following a brief illness. His death at age 72 ended over four decades of national leadership in the architectural and engineering industry.

      Benham was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, at Fort Riley, Kansas. He spent his youth in Kansas City, Missouri, before settling in Oklahoma City in 1935. Following graduation from Classen High School in 1936, he attended the Naval Academy and received a degree in naval architecture in 1941. He was awarded a Masters in Naval Architecture in 1942. Throughout World War II, Benham served in the carrier design program, ultimately achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. He left the Navy in 1946 to join his father, Webster Lance Benham, founder of Benham Engineering Company. In 1952, David Benham assumed leadership of Benham Engineering Company after the death of his father. Other family losses of his older brother, Webster, in 1967 and his mother, Margaret, in 1971, left David to become the patriarch of the Benham family.

      Under Benham's leadership, the small consulting firm of less than 20 employees grew to over 500 and a ranking in the top 1 percent in size among all U.S. consulting firms. He diversified the company into all principal disciplines of engineering and architecture and expanded the company to seven division offices across the U.S. and in Tokyo. As he was astutely anticipating the technological trends in engineering, others were acknowledging his accomplishments. In 1961, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Society of Military Engineers. He was honored in the 1965 cover story "David Blair Benham" in Consulting Engineer magazine. He was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University in 1973.

      From 1975 to 1977, he served as the only civilian president of the prestigious United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. In 1979, he was honored by the Newcomen Society of North America recognizing his success during the 70th anniversary of The Benham Group. He was listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in Technology Today and Internationl Who's Who in Engineering.

      He was a recognized leader in the engineering profession and was directly responsible for many technical innovations in the consulting profession. In 1989, he served as Chairman of the Committee of Fellows for the Consulting Engineer Council of America. He served as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Fellow and Past Director, Society of American Military Engineers; Diplomate, American Academy of Environmental Engineers; Past President, Frontiers of Science Foundation; senior member, College of Engineering Board of Visitors, University of Oklahoma; and member, National Society of Professional Engineers.

      Mr. Benham balanced the demands of a growing practice with a strong sense of civic duty. He believed in returning his time, energy and financial support back to the community he served. He was a Director of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Red Cross; Chairman of the 1981 Easter Seals Telethon; Director, Oklahomans for Energy and Jobs, Inc.; member, National Advisory Council of the Salvation Army; Chairman, Salvation Army Advisory Board of Oklahoma City; member, Board of Trustees, Oklahoma City University; Director, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; Director, Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma; Vice-Chairman, Oklahoma State Mental Health Board; Director, Japan Oklahoma Society; Past Commander, Military Order of World Wars - Oklahoma City Chapter; Committee of One Hundred, Greater Oklahoma City; Life Member, National Cowboy Hall of Fame; Life Member, Oklahoma Historical Society, and was an elder in Westminster Presbyterian Church. The grateful and loving memory of David B. Benham is held dear and forever by his surviving family: his wife, Betty and children, Barbara Lacy, Suzanne Benham, David Blair Benham II and Nancy Benham Johnston; by his brother, John; sister, Margaret; grandchildren; a great grandchild; nieces; a nephew and a host of friends. The memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, June 26 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Infant Crisis Center in care of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

      Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper 6006 N. Grand Blvd. 848-3744


    • Newspaper article from THE JOURNAL RECORD
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      Journal Record Staff Reporter:

      David Blair Benham, chairman and chief executive officer of The Benham Group, died Monday night of complications associated with recent heart surgery. He was 72.

      Benham joined the firm in 1946 and took over its leadership in 1952 after the death of his father, Col. Webster Lance Benham, founder of Benham Engineering Co. in Oklahoma City in 1909.

      Under David Benham's leadership, The Benham Group grew to become the largest architectural and engineering firm in Oklahoma and the 22nd largest in the U.S., ranking in size among the top 1 percent of all U.S. consulting firms.

      Services are scheduled at noon today at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel Ave.

      He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Oklahoma City; a brother, John Benham; a sister, Margaret Austin; a son, David Blair Benham II; three daughters, Barbara Lacy, Suzanne Benham, and Nancy Benham Johnson; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

      Benham was born on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, at Fort Riley, Kan., and spent his youth in Kansas City before moving to Oklahoma City in 1935.

      After graduation from Classen High School in 1936, he attended the U.S.

      Naval Academy and received a degree in architecture in 1941. He was awarded a master's degree in Naval architecture in 1942.

      Throughout World War II, Benham served in the carrier design program, and achieved the rank of Lt. Commander.

      He left the Navy in 1946 to join his father at The Benham Engineering Co.

      When he took over in 1952, and during the next four decades the firm grew from 20 employees to more than 500 in six U.S. offices and one in Japan.

      With 1989 billings of $32 million, Consulting-Specifying Engineering magazine ranked The Benham Group as the 22nd-largest archictectural and engineering firm in the U.S.

      Company headquarters are in Oklahoma City at One Benham Place, 9400 N.

      Broadway Extension.

      In 1961, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Society of Military Engineers. Consulting Engineer magazine featured Benham on its cover in 1965; Engineering News Record did the same in 1973.

      He was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Oklahoma State University in 1973, and from 1975 to 1977 he served as the only civilian president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. In 1979, he was honored by the Newcomen Society of North America, which recognized his success during the 70th anniversary of The Benham Group.

      He has been listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Engineering, Who's Who in Technology Today and International Who's Who in Engineering.

      Benham was a recognized leader in the engineering profession and was responsible for many technical innovations in the consulting profession. In 1989, he served as chairman of the Committee of Fellows for the Consulting Engineer Council of America.

      He served as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; fellow and director of the Society of American ?