Ben was raised in Hershey, PA. There his household was energetic within the Church of the Brethren, a sect of Pennsylvania Deutsch “plain folks” that comply with the tenets of peace and non-resistance. These values grew to become a core a part of him and included the idea that each one folks had been equal no matter their race, faith, or tradition.
After graduating from Hershey Excessive Faculty in 1947 as class president, Ben selected to attend Elizabethtown School, a faculty that shared these values, and he proudly embraced having an African-American roommate, the primary Black pupil to check at Elizabethtown. The 2 males remained shut pals for years after commencement.
Following Elizabethtown, he went to Penn State College for graduate college. After cautious consideration, he interviewed for a instructing place with Baltimore County Colleges. He was employed and located his place for the following 12 years as a historical past trainer at Catonsville Excessive Faculty, and coach of the tennis staff, a sport at which he was fairly completed. He made Catonsville his dwelling and raised his household there.
When Ben arrived in Baltimore County he grew to become engaged in social justice actions, and located what he wanted within the Peace and Social Justice Committee on the Catonsville Presbyterian Church the place he additionally served as an Elder and youth program chief.
As soon as he earned his doctorate on the College of Maryland in 1964, Ben was in a position to advance his profession right into a place on the central workplace, first as a coordinator and in the end as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for Baltimore County Public Colleges. On this function Ben offered the management with the curriculum to make sure stability. His perception system of equality grew to become a part of his job. Simply as he believed everybody ought to be handled the identical whatever the topic, he believed all topics had been equally essential.
All through Ben’s profession, he handled controversy as he championed curricular progress. His help of household and intercourse training, in addition to drug training, was met with resistance. Undaunted, he labored arduous to incorporate these matters within the curriculum. He additionally labored to make sure that intercultural understanding and appreciation was an integral a part of what was taught within the classroom.
He grew to become an energetic member within the Affiliation of Supervision and Curriculum Improvement (ASCD), serving in a particular internship program in 1965, and later as this group’s president from 1979-80. He was proud to have attended roughly 35 consecutive ASCD annual conferences. Previous to the presidency, he additionally served on many teams inside ASCD together with the Radical Caucus, the Black Caucus, and the Ladies’s Caucus. He sought out these teams to tackle an activist function and to study as a lot as potential.
After retirement from the Baltimore County Faculty System in 1984, Ben served as assistant superintendent of Derry Township Colleges, Pennsylvania, the place he was happy to contribute to his beloved hometown, Hershey. He at all times held a deep affection and love for Hershey that grew to become a second dwelling when he bought the Ebersole household homestead, together with the very home through which he was born. At this level in his life Ben additionally resumed being an teacher, instructing training programs at Columbia College, Goucher School, and the College of Maryland Baltimore County.
Ben was at all times match and energetic. He jogged and walked all through his life, starting within the 1970’s far earlier than it grew to become fashionable. This was indicative of his sense of journey and being a trendsetter. Along with enjoying tennis, he was additionally an enthusiastic golfer, and though he took up golf later in life, he managed to attain two holes-in-one.
He was additionally an enthusiastic adventurer, touring to all 50 states, six of seven continents, and twice taking his household on coast to coast driving excursions, earlier than cell telephones and utilizing solely maps and wits to navigate.
However for all the spectacular accomplishments of his life, his best could have been being a shining instance as a tremendously loving husband and father. His sense of dedication, caring and deep love for household was absolute. And by modeling, he instilled values of integrity, inclusion, and perception into the true capability of nurturing others. He and Shirley gave of themselves fully to their youngsters, for which they are going to be eternally grateful. There was no sacrifice too nice for Ben when it got here to his household and family members.
Ben Ebersole cared for all folks with an open coronary heart. He gave his full consideration to the individual with whom he was connecting — making them really feel particular, valued and cherished. In actual fact, one of the profound tenants he lived by was “love the individual in entrance of you.”
His zest for all times, mild kindness towards others, generosity, mind, wit (particularly with puns), heartfelt compassion, and unconditional love of household are memorable hallmarks of his character. These traits now dwell on strongly although his youngsters, grandchildren and nice grandchildren. He made a big and optimistic contribution to this world – and it’s a higher place due to him. That’s the residing legacy of Ben Ebersole, and a life totally lived. He can be missed by so many in so some ways, and he can be remembered, revered and cherished…at all times.
Particulars relating to a memorial service can be introduced on this web site quickly. Memorial Donations in Ben’s title could also be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Flooring 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1
Printed in Baltimore Solar on Mar. 21, 2021.