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Benjamin Swan

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Benjamin Davis Swan

Passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2013 with his loving wife at his side. Born on September 15, 1931 in Oradell, New Jersey to Nellie and Guy Swan, he was the youngest of 4 boys. Ben's father, Guy (Stanford Class of 1906), retired to California with their family in 1947 before Ben's junior year and he enrolled at Sequoia High School. Ben earned the Eagle Scout rank and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1949, matriculating to Stanford University that fall. He graduated from Stanford in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Ben was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, George and Guy Jr. He is survived by his wife, Katsy, three children, Kathalene Barton, Benjamin D. Swan Jr., and Samuel C. Swan, daughter-in-law Jennifer Shea Swan and seven grandchildren-Mollie, Peter, Patrick, Claire, Kate, Elizabeth, and Benjamin-to whom he is lovingly known as Granddaddy. Ben is also survived by his older brother, Calvin, and eleven nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held at the Stanford Memorial Chapel at 4PM on Thursday May 23, 2013, immediately followed by a reception at Bing Concert Hall. Reserved parking will be available in the lot at the corner of Campus Drive and Galvez Street. Charitable donations may be made in memory of Ben Swan to Stanford University Development/Bladder Cancer Research, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94305-0466 or Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 18 to May 19, 2013
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