Benjamin H. McCulloch, Jr. age 87, of Berwyn, PA died on April 22, 2013 from complications after a fall. He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on November 15, 1925, the only son of Benjamin H. and Emma Millet McCulloch. Ben was Vice President of the Corporate Finance Group at Girard Bank, now Bank of New York Mellon, from 1967-1981. After retiring, he founded McCulloch Financial Services and was also Vice President of Leasing Funds, Inc. Ben began his career in 1951 in the credit department at Rohm & Haas Company in Philadelphia, rising to become a senior member of the Corporate Development Department. He was a 40-year member of the Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, PA. After graduating from Charleston (West Virginia) High School in 1942, Ben enlisted in the US Navy when he was 17-years old. He was selected for the Navy V-12 Officer Training Program at the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia. From 1943-1946, he fought in the Pacific Theater of Operations, participating in the battle of Okinawa before joining the first wave of forces to occupy Japan after the Japanese surrender in August of 1945. After discharge from the Navy, Ben entered Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating in 1948. At his father's request, he attended one year of law school at the University of Virginia 1948-49, before earning an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1952. Ben loved tennis and skiing, and had a life-long passion for studying business and following financial markets and investments. He was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Cathryn (Kay) Bastian McCulloch, who died from breast cancer in 1991. He is survived by two children: son, B. Hunter McCulloch, III, his wife Mollie, grandchildren Cathryn (Kate) and Michael McCulloch; and daughter Nancy McCulloch Flanagan, her husband Richard and grandchildren Bailey and Davis Flanagan. Also predeceasing him was Mary Lou Wolf, who was his close friend after Kay's death. A celebration of Ben's life will be held at Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli, PA at 2:00 on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Contributions may be made to Homes for Our Troops 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780 (www.homesforourtroops.org), or the Wharton Fund, University of Pennsylvania, 344 Vance Hall, 3733 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Published in Main Line Media News on May 26, 2013