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Martin "Marty" Benstein Passes Away

By Brad Carpenter

It is with deep regrets that Ramlinks has received word that former G-A Band Director, Marty Benstein, has passed from this earthly realm.
Mr. Benstein led the Galesburg-Augusta school band program beginning in 1970 and on into the 80's, influencing a generation of students with his love and knowledge of music. Whenever Mr. Benstein is mentioned by a G-A alumni, it is always with a smile and respect for a man who's dedication molded a foundation for the band program, with results that can still be seen today.
Memorials can be made to the Lymphoma/leukemia Society, or if you prefer, Joyce Henson '73 has suggested establishing a scholarship through the G-A Foundation.
Below is the obituary as it appeared in the Statesman Journal.

Martin A. "Marty" Benstein

Martin "Marty" A. Benstein February 12, 1943 - September 6, 2009 SALEM - The world lost someone today. For those who had not met him, they won't know what they lost. For those who did, we are all remembering his smile, his guidance, his encouragement, his expansion of our small worlds to bigger and better ones, his refusal to let us say it was our best when it was not, his joy of music, his joy of family and friends, and his fortitude. We will miss him dearly, whether he was still close in our lives or not. He impacted so many by encouraging us, challenging us, sharing with us. Today, the world has lost a champion of the arts and of school children everywhere. He will be greatly missed, but thought of with a smile always. We will miss you more than words will ever express. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m., today, Wednesday, September 9, at Waverly Cemetery, Albany, Oregon. Contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon and SW Washington Chapters, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite #140, Portland, Oregon 97219. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
-Courtesy of the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)


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