Peter Martin Benda, the only son of former Yale Professor Harry J. Benda, died on October 22 in a Washington, DC area hospital as a result of cardiac arrest. He was born in Rochester, New York on December 6, 1955 and lived in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Helena Jareb, and their two sons, Aaron and Jacob Benda. His mother and sister also live in the Washington area. At the time of his death, Peter worked at the Department of State. He graduated from North Haven High School in 1975, and subsequently received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from Princeton University. Peter leaves behind his grief stricken family and a score of dear friends and colleagues who know just how special a man he was.
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Published in New Haven Register on Nov. 11, 2012