In a variety of capacities, Benton was a leader in later projects. Benton continued, even in retirement, forging ties among university researchers and in cre- to be active in issues of meteorological education and ating new links between government and academia. science policy. Under this leadership, Johns Hopkins was one of the Larry Denton, Washington representative of The founding institutional members of the University Cor- Weather Channel, who worked with Benton for 11 poration for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and over years in both university and government, said at the the course of his long career he served several times on memorial service, "George dealt with people in such UCAR's Board of Trustees, on the Executive Commit- a straightforward and principled way that he garnered tee of the Board, and on a variety of other committees. the respect of all. He brought a sense of dignity to se- During his periods of government service he took nior academic and scientific management. Over the particular interest in encouraging government support years my admiration for him just grew and grew. By for university-based research programs and promot- the end of our time together, I felt I had come to know ing the collocation of government and academic labo- a truly great man." ratories . In the late 1960s he established the Benton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Char- Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmen- lotte Russ Benton; his four children, Sandy Solomon tal Sciences (CIRES) program and later set up such co- of Princeton, New Jersey; Barbara Hill of Chicago, Illi- operative institutes at other major universities. nois; Jeff of Denver, Colorado; and Laurie Benton of Benton's other initiatives included the Barbados Maplewood, New Jersey; and by six grandchildren. His Oceanographic and Meteorological Experiment older brother, Gene Stock, lives in Boulder, Colorado. (BOMEX), which mustered an array of government Benton's colleagues and friends may make contri- and academic resources to measure the entire cycle of butions in his memory to the George S. Benton Visit- precipitation and evaporation in a defined geographi- ing Lectureship, the Johns Hopkins University, 509 cal area, and which set a pattern of large-scale inter- Wyman Park Building, 3400 North Charles St., Bal- national cooperation that has been taken up in other timore, MD 21218.—Sandy Benton Solomon. • Praeger Publishers Florida Science Source 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007 P.O. Box 927 Westport, CT 06881 Lake Alfred, FL 33850-0927 Telephone: 203-226-3571 Telephone: 941-299-6509 Chapman & Hall/CRCnetBASE Kluwer Academic 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd. 101 Philip Dr. Boca Raton, FL 33431-9868 Norwell, MA 02061 Telephone: 800-272-7737 Telephone: 617-871-6600 CSIRO Atmospheric Research National Academy Press Private Bag No. 1 2101 Constitution Ave. NW Aspendale, Victoria 3195, Australia Washington, DC 20418 60 2 Vol. 8 7, No. 3, March 2000
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