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DURHAM, NC -- Ben Massey shed his confining body on December 10, 2015. His love of the ocean allowed him to "go home" near the sea with family by his side. Thomas Benjamin Massey, eldest son of Grady and Sara Massey, was born Sept. 5, 1926 in Charlotte, NC. After attending public schools, he studied at Duke Univ. (B.A.) and NC State (M.A.) with US Navy duty between years at Duke. While serving as education advisor for USAF in England, Ben earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge. During his first marriage to Marilyn Watson, daughters, Pam and Fori, were born in Atlanta while Ben was Georgia Tech's Associate Dean of Students. Ben married Bylee Hunnicutt when living in London. Ben's career took him to every corner of the world with Univ. of Md. Univ. College. His desire to offer continuing education resulted in expanding courses for military personnel and family members living abroad. After working in England, Germany, Japan and America, Ben retired after 38 years with UMUC; his final twenty years as UMUC President. One highpoint was groundbreaking work accomplished for online education. Programs begun during his tenure led to UMUC becoming the largest, online public university in the nation today. Colleagues were indeed Ben's second, beloved family. Family members who preceded Ben include parents William Everard and Sara Corley; brother, William E., Jr.; and Bylee. Family survivors include daughters, Pamela "Pam" O'Quinn and Forest "Fori" McLean (Ron) of NC; grandchildren, Patrick Andrew "Drew" and Margaret Kathryn "Katie" McLean; brothers Henry Reese (Patsy) and Richard Corley (Jane) of SC; sister-in-law, Irene; nieces, nephews and cousins. A service to celebrate Ben Massey's life will be held spring 2016 upon completion of current Duke Chapel renovations. Memorials to honor Ben: Chapel Annual Fund, Duke Univ. Chapel, Box 90974 Durham, North Carolina 27708-0974 (gifts.duke.edu/chapel) or UMUC Foundation, Dr. T. Benjamin Massey Scholarship Fund, Office of Institutional Advancement, 3501 Univ. Blvd. E., Adelphi, MD 20783
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 13, 2015
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