Dr. James Robert
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(02/01/1939 - 02/07/2014) Dr. James Robert Benbrook, Sr. (02/01/1939) left this material world on 02/07/2014 after several years of in-home 24/7 care. He made an enormous impression on his Physics students at the University of Houston during his distinguished professional career of 40+ years. He graduated from UT and received his PhD from the University of Washington. He was Chairman of the department, chaired the Undergraduate Studies Committee and Faculty Athletic Advisor for many years. He received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 shortly before his retirement. His best accomplishment was the fact that he loved teaching to both his students and his children. He was first and foremost a teacher!
A humble man, he was truly touched by the many thank you letters and cards he received from his students, many of whom, have PhDs and very distinguished careers themselves. His work and colleagues at NASA also held a special place in his heart. He found his work in the Orbital Debris Program both challenging and rewarding.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Freida Monette Settle and Kenneth Jerome Benbrook. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda McAdams Benbrook. He also has 2 children, Jim Jr. (Lisa) and Susan (Russell) and 3 grandchildren (Alexandria, Nicholas and Bram) from his first marriage.
Per his request, he will be cremated and there will be no service. If you wish, please make a contribution to the
, Parkinson's Society, NSM Dept at UH or the Houston SPCA in his honor.
James Robert Benbrook was truly an AMAZING man and will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 13, 2014