LEONARD R. BENSON
Leonard R. Benson, emeritus professor
in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, died on September
14, 1989, at the age of 95. He was buried in Nehawka, Nebraska.
Professor Benson was born on December 22, 1893, on a farm near Upland,
Nebraska. He was one of twelve children born to Swedish immigrant parents.
Professor Benson earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Doane
College in 1915. Two years later he enlisted in the United States Army
and was stationed in France at the time of the Armistice. Afterwards, he
worked as a high school principal in Oakland, Nebraska, and served as the
superintendent of public schools in Colome, South Dakota.
In 1936 he was awarded a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from
the University of Iowa and joined the faculty of The University of Texas
at Austin in 1937, where he taught for 27 years before retiring in 1964.
At the University he developed courses in metallurgy, his specialty, and
in manufacturing processes.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa
Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.