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Died on December 22, 2012 after a long decline from Alzheimer's disease. He recently moved from Bethesda, his home for more than 50 years, to Connecticut to live close to family. His wife Cynthia died earlier this year.
Born in Germany in 1919, Ben spent his childhood in what is now Israel but came to the U.S. in 1938 for college. After obtaining his PhD in 1947 from the University of California, Berkeley, he managed a pharmaceutical factory in San Francisco. Ben married there in 1952, then worked for the H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh where his two children were born.
His nutrition textbook (eventually in 4 editions and 3 translations) caught the attention of the National Institutes of Health. In 1960 he settled in Bethesda, where he worked at NIH until 2003. At NIH he helped develop new technology for kidney dialysis and new protein supplements to fight malnutrition in developing countries. Pastimes included sailing, piloting a small plane, travel, and photography.
Ben is survived by his son David Burton of Altadena CA; his daughter Audrey Solnit of Morris CT; and four grandchildren. Private service. Memorial contributions to Birthright Israel Foundation, P.O. Box 1784, New York, NY 10156,

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2012