John Benard "Ben" Arbaugh
1962 - 2018
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John "Ben" Benard Arbaugh

Winneconne - John "Ben" Benard Arbaugh, age 55, was called home to his Lord and Savior on June 16, 2018, with his wife, three sons, and two puppies by his side.

Ben was born to John and Annette (Clatworthy) Arbaugh on July 8, 1962, and grew up in St. Albans and Hamlin, West Virginia. Ben attended Marshall University from 1980-1984 where he earned his BBA in Management. He then attended Wright State University earning an MBA in 1989, and The Ohio State University where he earned a second Master's degree and his PhD. in 1994. Ben also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1985-1989 and was commissioned in 1985.

Ben moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1994 to take a position as a faculty member in the College of Business at UW-Oshkosh. Ben was a pioneer in the world of online education. As one of the leading researchers in the field, Ben had over 80 articles and book chapters published which included 17 best article/best paper awards. He has also published 2 books related to his work on online learning in business schools. To date, his work has been cited over 9,000 times. He played prominent roles in the Academy of Management, serving as Chair of the Management Education and Development Division from 2006-2007. During 2009-2011 Ben served as editor of Academy of Management Learning and Education, the first scholar from a Masters Comprehensive university to be selected as editor of an Academy of Management journal. Ben also won numerous awards at the University including The John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship, The Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award and the Curwood, Inc. Endowed Professorship. Ben worked for UW-Oshkosh for 24 years and retired on June 3, 2018, due to declining health.

Ben met his wife Paula (Miller) Arbaugh at Community Church in Oshkosh and they were married on March 15, 1997. They lived in Oshkosh for the first 4 years of their marriage and then moved to Winneconne in 2001. Ben and Paula have three sons Alexander (Xander) Arbaugh (20), Addison Arbaugh (18), and Aidan Arbaugh (15) all living at home. Ben is survived by his parents, John Arbaugh, of Barboursville, WV and Annette Arbaugh, of St. Albans, WV; and his siblings, Joseph Arbaugh, of Barboursville, WV; Lara Barry, of St. Albans, WV; and Tony (Ashely) Arbaugh, of Hamlin, WV.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Myrtle Arbaugh and Frank and Madeline Clatworthy.

Ben was a faithful follower of Christ and enjoyed studying and discussing God's word. In his college days he was actively involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and continued to support college based ministries throughout his life.

Ben was known for his quirky sense of humor and extreme intellect. He was a voracious reader and particularly enjoyed religious and historical writings. Ben enjoyed cheering on Marshall's Thundering Herd only second to cheering on his sons in their Winneconne Wolves activities (music, art, theater, academics, and football). Ben was a loving husband and father and a very selfless man that continually put the wants and needs of others above his own.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Community Church, 2351 Ryf Road Oshkosh, WI on Saturday June 23, 2018, with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. and service starting at 11:00 a.m.

A special thank you goes out to our family and friends for all the help and prayers we received during our cancer journey and to all of the staff at Ascension's Cancer Center and Hospice for their excellent care!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a trust fund for Ben and Paula's children and to the Ascension Health Care Cancer Centers at St. Elizabeth and Mercy Hospitals.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jun. 19, 2018.
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June 25, 2018
With my sincere sympathy to your family, may your treasured memories continue to provide a measure of comfort and peace to the family. Please be strengthened from (Isaiah 61:1,2) our God "binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn".
willie walker
June 22, 2018
Ben was one of those people who you just enjoyed seeing. His quirky smile, his humor and warmth just drew you in! His tireless academic work, especially pertaining to online learning, provides a long-lasting legacy and impact. He leaves an amazing example as husband and father, professor, editor, and man of faith. Ben, my hero and role model. How I will miss you!
Jon Werner, Professor of Management,
Jon Werner
June 22, 2018
Our sincere condolences to your family.
Diamanto Politis
June 21, 2018
I remember Ben very fondly from out actual and virtual meetings in the Academy of Management and around it. He was such a good person, not only a great academic. He invited me to join AMLE and provided supportive developmental feedback on the path. A good example of a hard working, honest and kind academic colleague.
Sending warmest thoughts to his family.
Jacob Eisenberg
June 20, 2018
Ben was a first rate scholar and a wonderful colleague. I will miss him.
Roxanne Hiltz
June 20, 2018
Jacobo Ramirez
June 19, 2018
What an amazing man. He was a rare combination of intelligent, articulate, outgoing, and caring about others. Ben was my instructor for several business courses. He was deeply interested in the subjects he taught and his passion was inspiring. In his classes, he went beyond teaching: he was a leader and someone who cultivated new knowledge. He didn't just want you to read the book, he wanted to talk about the book and explore what it meant to you. He obviously meant a lot to a lot of people. That speaks volumes about his character. My condolences to the family.
Dan Bostrom
June 19, 2018
Ben was an outstanding scholar and person. I really enjoyed working with him at AoM/AMLE. He will be sorely missed. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.
John Parnell
June 19, 2018
I had Dr. Arbaugh as a professor over the years, with him being my only professor my classes this past Spring semester. You could tell he was a passionate individual and truly cared about his students. I appreciated all of the knowledge and discussion he brought to the classes.
Amanda Brookins
June 19, 2018
Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. I enjoyed working with Ben at UW Oshkosh. He was always very interesting to talk to.
Paula Hass
June 19, 2018
Our sincere condolences to your family.
Laurie Juedes
June 19, 2018
I often enjoyed talking to Ben at AOM. He will be missed, but I look forward to seeing him again one day. I'm keeping your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
-Ed Tomlinson
Ed Tomlinson
June 18, 2018
Dear Paula & sons offering my sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your dear husband & father.
Jane Hoepner
June 18, 2018
Paula, I remember the first time you and Ben came in to see me for planning purposes. I knew you from church yet I was still intimidated by all of Ben's degrees and his incredible intelligence with regard to everything including finance. The cool thing about Ben is that no matter how much he knew he loved to learn new things. He did everything in his power to provide and protect his family during his lifetime. He was able to do this because he was open minded enough to learn new concepts and strategies that were non-traditional. He not only understood how he could best help all of you while living, but more importantly, how he could demonstrate his love to you all, should he pass early. I hope it gives you peace and comfort to know that Ben followed his heart.

I also remember being in Hawaii at the same time you were honeymooning. The love and devotion on your faces for each other was beautiful then and continued to be whenever we met. The love that we shared for the magic of the Hawaiian Islands will always be a special bond and memory.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Jan Marcellis Picard
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