Robert Donald Benson
Robert D. Benson Sr. has died on May 12, 2022, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was the retired Publisher and President of The Virginian- Pilot newspaper in Norfolk Virginia.
He was Publisher and President of The Greensboro News & Record from 1980 until 1990 and President of The Roanoke (Va.) Times in the 1970s. He worked for several other newspapers during his career, including The Winston-Salem Journal and The Shelby Star. Benson was a native of South Carolina. He attended UNC Chapel Hill and received a B.A. in Journalism at George Washington University. He did graduate work at Harvard, Columbia, and Syracuse universities.
He was a Marine Corps sergeant in Korea.
He is survived by five children: Robert Benson, Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia; and Patricia Matthews, Alan Benson, Laura Benson Mims, and Carolyn Graves, all of Greensboro, North Carolina. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Benson contributed his body to the UNC School of Medicine for teaching and research. There will be no services or memorials.
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