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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, October 26, 2012

More on Legacy of Former ACTEC President Ed Benjamin

BenjaminEarlier, I reported the recent death of former ACTEC President Edward Bernard Benjamin, Jr.

Here is some additional information about Ed from John Pope, Edward Benjamin Jr., New Orleans lawyer with an eye for details, dies at 89, NOLA.com, Oct. 25, 2012:

"He was a perfectionist," said David Edwards, a former colleague of Mr. Benjamin's at Jones Walker. "He wanted to do his absolute best, and he wanted people around him to do their absolute best."

In addition to earning a living as a lawyer specializing in taxes and estate planning, Mr. Benjamin spent 19 years as the chancellor, or chief lawyer, of Trinity Episcopal Church and 19 more years as the chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana.

Mr. Benjamin provided evidence of his painstaking ways when he accompanied a priest to a bank to sign documents for a loan, said James B. Brown, who was the Episcopal bishop of Louisiana when Mr. Benjamin was the diocesan chancellor.

Instead of simply letting the priest sign the papers and leave, Mr. Benjamin insisted on reading everything carefully, making so many corrections as he went that the papers had to be retyped, Brown said, chuckling. "Instead of 20 minutes, it wound up taking more than an hour."


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