With a strong faith and peaceful spirit, Benjamin Lee Spaulding departed this earthy life at Sunrise of Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Ben was born on October 12, 1911 in Camden, South Carolina. As the only child of Benjamin T. and Laura Dobey Spaulding and received his early education at the Mather Academy, which was operated by the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was during these years that Ben acquired a love of learning and an appreciation for educational excellence. Ben earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Howard University in 1935. He excelled as a student and eagerly solidified his early commitment to serving others by joining the Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1931. In July, 2011, during the Fraternity's National Conclave in Washington, DC, Ben became the first Omega man in the organization's history to be awarded an 80 year membership pin. Ben enjoyed an illustrious career in the Federal Government, which spanned thirty-seven years. He retired as a claims examiner in the finance division of the General Services Administration (GSA) in 1973. He has been a member of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church for more than 60 years, where he served on the Board of Trustees and the church's Social Action Commission. For many years, Ben served his community as President of the Petworth Neighborhood Association. For more than half a century he was privileged to share his remarkable life's journey with his late wife, Pauline Breckenridge Spaulding, who passed away in 1994. Ben is survived by a loving and supportive host of family and friends. Services celebrating Ben's life and legacy will be held Monday, March 12, 2012, 11 a.m. at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, 3505 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 10 a.m. Access for the disabled and off-street parking is available. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity or Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity or Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church.
Published in The Washington Post on March 9, 2012