Benjamin Rist Briggs MBA ’75, passed away, after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s on December 11, 2010 at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, Calif. He was 87 years old. He was born on June 21, 1923 to George and Evelyn Briggs in Evanston, Illinois. Ben Attended high school in Prescott, Arizona from 1939 – 1942. In the fall of 1942, he joined the US Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps, which were called to active duty in 1943, WWII. Benjamin served in the 88th Infantry, 351st Division, known as the Blue Devils, which were stationed in Italy from 1943 – 1945. Upon returning home, he attended San Jose State receiving his BA in Mathematics and Physics in 1948. He continued his education by receiving a MS in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1949. From 1949 to 1980, Benjamin worked for NASA Ames Aeronautical & Space Research Center, where he was the Branch Chief of the Computer Division. During his tenure at NASA, he attended Santa Clara University, completing his MBA in business in 1974. After retirement from NASA, he was a Financial & Price Analyst for FMC Corporation from 1980 – 1988. He was very active in the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz United Methodist Churches as a lay leader and teacher. Ben loved photography, playing the harmonica, and was an avid reader. Ben was preceded in death by his parents George and Evelyn Rist Briggs; his brothers Julian and Bob Briggs; his son-in-law Richard Williams, and granddaughter Laura Tipton. He is survived by his brother George Briggs; sister-in-laws Elise, Virginia, and Anne Briggs; Harriett G. Briggs; children Edith J. Williams; Lesley Tipton and husband John; Edwina B. Anderson and partner Jan Reamer. Grandchildren John Tipton Jr.; Shannon Swanson and husband Brandon; Kathleen Escalante and husband Martin; Patrick, Brian, and Devin Williams. Great grandchildren Elijah and Ben Swanson, Anna and Martin’ Jr Escalante. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Ben encouraged his family and friends to seek the greater good in their own lives. He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Ben touched many, many lives throughout his life. He is already missed by all those who knew and loved him. Special thanks to the staff of Pacific Coast Manor who consistently loved and cared for Ben over the last seven and a half years.

08 Nov 2018