1955 - 2021
RAUCH--Benjamin Brewster. Died at his home in New York City on Thursday April 1, of complications from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare degenerative disease. He was sixty-five years old. Born September 9, 1955, in Bryn Mawr, PA, Ben was the youngest of five children of R. Stewart Rauch, Jr. and Frances Brewster Rauch. He was a 1978 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in Russian Studies. He also studied French at the University of Besancon in France, and Russian at the Leningrad State University. After college, Rauch planned to work on improving U.S.-Soviet trade relations, but that path closed after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Instead, he began what would be a long career in finance and executive search, working in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He first worked at Bank of America, and in 1988, he joined Korn Ferry, the executive search firm, becoming a partner the following year. He spent a decade at the firm, eventually heading its financial services practice in Asia and managing its Tokyo office. He moved to New York in 1997 and started his own firm. Throughout his career, Ben maintained his interest in Russia. In 1990-1991, Ben spent a year as a visiting associate at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, concentrating on Japanese- Russian relations in the post- Cold War period. He also was an avid supporter of the arts. In 1991, he joined the Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and over the years he headed the museum's capital campaign and served as board president, representing Venice as a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. He was a founding member of American Friends of London's Royal Court Theatre, and later served on the theater's development board. Friends described Ben as a passionate lover of people and life, with a talent for bringing people together. "Ben radiated with intelligence, and yet he never acted like he had to prove he was the smartest man in the room," said his friend Barbara Demick. Ben had a rare "inner grace,'' is how friend Ian Buruma put it. "He had a natural sympathy for people. He was considerate. He put people at their ease. And all this without ever drawing attention to himself. His thoughtfulness was so natural it could almost pass unnoticed,'' said Buruma. While living in Hong Kong, Ben met journalist Margaret Scott, then an editor at the Far East Economic Review. They were married at Hong Kong City Hall in 1990. Scott, co- founder of the New York Southeast Asia Network and an adjunct associate professor at New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, survives him. They had one daughter, Isabel Frances Mei Rauch. In addition to his wife and daughter, Ben is survived by his siblings, Eleanor Rauch Crosby, Rudolph S. Rauch, Susan P. Rauch, and Sheila Rauch Kennedy. Interment will be private. A memorial celebrating Ben's life will be held at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ben's memory to the following institutions will be gratefully accepted: or or
Published by New York Times on Apr. 11, 2021.
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Tom Wheeler
May 31, 2021
On behalf of myself and several Salisbury classmates, we wanted to share that we were truly touched by his passing in heartfelt ways that for each of us has unique meaning. Over the four years we spent with Ben we created many wonderful lifelong memories which have now been dusted off and enjoyed again! However, most importantly not only did he exemplify the Salisbury mission of ‘loyalty and honor’ but it was his friendship and character that we will remember the most and remain dear to us to this day. We will forever be indebted to Ben for sharing his spirit, humor, friendship and loyalty....Ben enriched our lives in more ways than we know and it was honor to have known him. God Bless our friend Ben. You and your family are in our prayers....forever.
Tom Wheeler
May 31, 2021
Ben was a wonderful human being. Kind, considerate, always a gentleman and a very loyal friend. I will miss him.
Robert Flohr
April 29, 2021
DeAnnie Reeder
April 19, 2021
May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please except my condolences.
Simone Taylor
April 18, 2021
I would like to echo everything in the Obituary about Ben's unusual intelligence, his outstanding character, which showed in how he held himself back to allow others to shine, his warmth as a person and other evidence of his talent in relating to a broad range of people. In addition, I must note Ben's extraordinary courage and selflessness during his many years of battling a debilitating and mystifying illness. He never complained or tried to attract attention to himself; he focussed on his friends and family and on staying engaged with the world.

I got to know Ben in the mid 1990s in NYC when we founded the American Friends of the Royal Court Theatre together. He was a natural leader in that endeavour even though he had many other responsibilities on his plate. One of my regrets in life is not spending enough time with Ben and Margaret over the last 25 years, because they are among the people I admire most in the world.

I send you my heartfelt condolences Margaret and Isabel as you grieve at the passing on of a most remarkable, courteous, engaging and kind gentleman.

Monica Gerard-Sharp
April 16, 2021
Ceci Scott
April 15, 2021
We are thinking of you and sending heartfelt condolences.
David Applebaum
April 14, 2021
Ben had true presence and a vigorous curiosity. He was open with his viewpoint and to hearing yours, but mostly to bring you to his way of thinking. Mostly he did—having thought the matter through already. He laughed easily and richly. Deep and respectful fondness, that's what I have for Ben. Classmate, friend, and positive influence. RIP, Sir.
Robert Bailey
April 14, 2021
It's been at least two decades since I last spoke with my Salisbury friend Ben. And yet, news of his passing has me feeling so terribly empty and sad. That must surely say something about the breadth and depth of the space he once occupied in my youth. Rest eternal Ben...light perpetual!
Duncan M Pindar
April 13, 2021
The team at Columbia Care
April 12, 2021
Ben, a dear friend and one of the most courteous, decent people who ever walked this earth, will always live in my memory as he appears in this photo. RIP, BB...
gwen robinson
April 12, 2021
This is such sad news. Ben and I were childhood friends and attended Episcopal together. Even as children, you knew Ben was destined for great things. Rest in Peace, my old friend.
Andy Warren
April 11, 2021
So sorry to hear of this loss, a man taken from the world too early. He was a graceful and welcoming spirit, a man who laughed easily and gave joy to others. I only met him a few times, but those times are vivid in my memory. Love to his family in this time of sadness
Danelle Morton
April 11, 2021
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