Benjamin Pickard FLOWER

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FLOWER, Benjamin Pickard 49, died peacefully on Sunday morning, July 1, 2012, due to complications associated with lymphoma. Born in Palo Alto, CA on December 4, 1962, he was the son of Dean Flower of Haydenville, MA and the late Judith A. (Pickard) Flower. Ben grew up in Northampton, MA, resided in California for several years before moving to St Petersburg in 1998. He was a 1981 graduate of Northampton High School. He graduated from Brown University in 1985 and earned his PhD in Geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. Ben worked as a post-doctoral fellow at University of California Santa Cruz from 1994-1996. Ben was a Professor in Geological Oceanography and Paleoceanography at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida. He began at USF as an Assistant Professor in 1997, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004, and was recently promoted to Full Professor in spring 2012. Ben was a prolific research scientist and dedicated graduate student mentor as evidenced by his extensive publication record of over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and major professor for 15 graduate students. He was recently honored with a University graduate student mentor award. Dr. Flower's research focused on questions related to global climate change and took him around the globe including several ocean basins as part of his commitments with the International Ocean Drilling Program. Ben was an accomplished athlete and competed at the highest levels in ultimate Frisbee, including playing in nationals. He was a competitive tennis player and an avid soccer player. Ben enjoyed birding, kayaking, and recently discovered motorcycling. He is survived by his father, Dean Flower and his wife Linda Henchey of Haydenville, MA; daughter, Nora Jade Flower and two sons, Ramsay and Miles Dervin Flower; brother, Jonah Flower and his wife Naomi of Mountain View, CA; an uncle, Tim Flower and his wife Linda of Pittsburgh; brother-in-law, William E. Landry of Haverhill, MA. He was predeceased by his beloved twin sisters, Ann Flower-De Paolo and Sarah J. Flower; his maternal grandmother, Helen Thompson; and his fraternal grandmother, Margo Flower Fisher. Memorial services will be held Thursday July 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Steidinger Auditorium, 100 8th Ave SE, St Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the USF Foundation - Benjamin Flower Memorial Fund #260027001, directed to attention of Linda Kelbaugh, USF College of Marine Science, 140 7th Avenue S. St. Petersburg, 33701 or visit

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 5, 2012