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Marilyn Benedict, Loving Wife of John R. Benedict, Sr.

By NABF Office Staff, 04/17/17, 1:30PM EDT


Marilyn Benedict
Wife of John R. Benedict, Sr.
February 2, 1925 – April 7, 2017

It is with our deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of Marilyn Benedict, wife of the late John R. Benedict, Sr.

Marilyn was a 1943 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and then attended Northwestern University. She was a highly energetic woman who enjoyed many hobbies, playing basketball, learning to fly airplanes, as well as teaching classes at Blair while her teachers went to war. She was a constant presence, and always cheering for her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. Along with all of these activities, she was the loving wife of John R. Benedict, Sr., who many of you know as the original editor of the NABF Tournament News, and the namesake of the NABF John Benedict Sports Journalism Award. 

In lieu of flowers, Marilyn’s family has asked that memorial contributions in her name be made to either the Ninety-Nines Organization (an international organization of licensed women pilots who promote the advancement of youth and female aviators) at The Ninety-Nines, Inc., 4300 Amelia Earhart Dr., Ste A, Oklahoma City, OK 73159-1140 or the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.