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“as a young associate at Jones, Walker Mr. B, or "chief," was certainly a big part of my professional life. it was a privilege to work with (or for)...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: jane armstrong - new orleans, LA

“I first met Ed in the 1950s shortly after moving to New Orleans, when my lawyer and friend in Boston told me that Ed Benjamin was an outstanding...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Lincoln D. Paine - New Orleans, LA

“Adelaide, So sorry to hear today about Eddie. We live in isolation and don't hear what goes on in New Orleans timely. We send you and your...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Grace and Ken Newbuger - Carriere, MS

“My sincere condolences to Leith and to the entire family on your loss. May you all cherish the many special memories that were, no doubt, created...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Jonathan Blau - NY

“My deepest condolences to Adelaide and all the Benjamin family. I remember Edward very fondly and my prayers are with you. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Harrison - New Orleans, LA

“Ed was one of the most brilliant commonlaw experts with an extensive knowledge of the civilian world . In spite of the size of his intelligence, he...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: TRIPET M Francois

“We will miss Ed's wit and wisdom. ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Judy and Scott McCue - Chicago, IL

“Adelaide, I was so sorry to learn of Eddie's death. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Mary-Elizabeth Paltron - LA

“My condolences and sympathies to Adelaide (the only family he ever brought to our many meetings together) and his family. I shall miss his cheery,...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Joe Wyatt (Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr.) - CA

“Adelaide, Ned, Helaine, Mary Beth, Teddy, Glen, Joan and the entire Benjamin family, Tim and I are so deeply saddened over Eddie's death. We have...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Holley and Tim Shea - Mandeville, LA

“Adelaide, Ned, Helaine, Mary Beth, Teddy, Glen, Joan and the entire Benjamin family, Tim and I are so deeply saddened over Eddie's death. We have...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Holley and Tim Shea - Mandeville, LA

“His legal vision is renowned, but for me, his hospitality at Antoine's will always remembered. My sympathy to his family and close circle of friends. ”
12 of 27 | Posted by: Rhonda H. Brink - Austin, TX

“Greatly saddened to read of Edward's passing. We were childhood next-door neighbors on Walnut Street in the 20's and 30's, and I was privileged to...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Joseph A. Polack - Baton Rouge, LA

“My deepest condolences to Ed's family. I had the great pleasure of working with him for years on the Tulane Tax Institute's advisory board when I...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Professor Robert Peroni - Austin, TX

“Donna and I share the family's loss. Ed was an inspiration to me as a young lawyer. He was quite a charmer no matter who was in his company at any...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Wells Hall - Charlotte, NC

“Most sincere condolences on the loss of your dear father. Much love to all you. Such a great man! ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Marilouise Michel - Clarion, PA

“Our hearts go out to the Benjamin family. Eddie was a fine man who always greeted us with a warm smile and kind words. He will be missed. Thinking...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: dana and steve hansel and family - LA

“Ed, was a friend and mentor to many lawyers in the ABA Section of Taxation, including me. I and others will miss him. Please accept my condolences. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: James E. Merritt - Sherwood, OR

“My most sincere condolences on the passing of a kind, generous and truly wonderful gentleman. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Pierre G. Walker, III - LA

“Dear Adelaide and family - Ed was someone who set the highest standards for so many of his ACTEC Fellow compatriots, and his eloquence, sharp...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Susan and Jim House - Pasadena, CA

“My condolences to Adelaide and the rest of Ed's family. I first met Ed when I was a chair of a committee in the Tax Section of the ABA and Ed was...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Jere D. McGaffey - Milwaukee, WI

“Craig and I cherish of memories of times spent with Ed and are deeply sorry for your loss. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Bill & Craig Shaddock - LA

“Sincere condolences to all his family on the loss such a great man, husband, father, lawyer and leader. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Andrew Rinker - New Orleans, LA

“Dear Adelaide, Ned, Mary Dabney, Ann Leith, and Stuart, I was so saddened by the news. Ed was a dear friend and colleague with whom I shared so...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Joseph Kartiganer - New York, NY

“Ed was my mentor and friend. I was promoted to be Executive Director of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel during his term as...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Gerry Vogt - Santa Monica, CA

“Emel and I will very much miss Eddie sitting next to Adelaide at almost all LPO concerts. He was a great supporter of both. A kind and generous...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Ranney Mize - New Orleans, LA

“The entire staff of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Gentry


Edward Bernard Benjamin, Jr. was born in New Orleans on February 11, 1923, the son of Edward Bernard Benjamin and Blanche Sternberger Benjamin. He attended Metairie Park Country Day School (including as a student in the first year of the school's existence), graduated from the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, and then from Yale University in 1943 (in his accelerated class of 1944). During World War II, after graduation from Field Artillery Officers Candidate School, Field Artillery Advanced School, and Liaison Pilot School, he finished his service in occupied Japan as a First Lieutenant for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He then attended Tulane Law School where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Law Review, and elected a member of Order of the Coif, in the class of 1952. He went to work for the law firm of Wisdom and Stone, where he became a partner in the firm that became Wisdom, Stone, Pigman and Benjamin (later Stone, Pigman, Benjamin, Walther, Wittmann and Hutchinson). After some years he left to join the firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevant, Carrere and Denegre, where he spent the majority of his career.

Mr. Benjamin was a well-known author and lecturer in the Tax and Estate Planning fields. He was elected President of what is now known as the American College of Trust and Estate Law (previously, the American College of Probate Counsel), and was the first elected-President of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He was elected to the Councils of both the American Bar Association Tax Section and its Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section, and was one of the only persons to serve on both at the same time. He was a member of the American Law Institute, and of a number other national legal organizations.

He was an elected Vestry member of Trinity Church (Episcopal) and was elected to be its Chancellor, as which he served for 19 years. He was later elected as Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, as which he also served for 19 years. He was also elected President of both Junior Achievement and the Salvation Army Board, and was a member of a number of clubs and carnival organizations.

Mr. Benjamin is survived by his dearly-beloved wife, the former Adelaide Wisdom, their four children: Edward Wisdom Benjamin, (his wife, the former Helaine Higgins, and their children Mary Elizabeth Benjamin, Edward Wisdom Benjamin, Jr., Glen Higgins Benjamin, and Joan Caroline Benjamin); Mary Dabney Benjamin (her husband James Scott Williamson and their children Haley Benjamin Williamson and Amy Benjamin Williamson); Ann Leith Benjamin (her husband John Peter Hill
and their children Gareth Griffin Hill and Oliver Benjamin Hill); and Stuart Minor Benjamin (his wife Arti Kaur Rai and their children Sophia Rai Benjamin and Anna Rai Benjamin).

Also survived by his brothers, William Mente Benjamin (wife, Joan Durland), and Jonathan Sternberger Benjamin (wife, Patricia Bain), and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, La. 70130 on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 11:30 AM. Interment at Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA. 70130, Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Rd., Metairie, LA. 70005,or the Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony, 1010 Common St., New Orleans, LA. 70112. Please visit and sign the family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.