OBITUARY

Albert M. Benshoff, MD

June 17, 1924December 17, 2020

Albert Benshoff was born in Windber, PA on June 17, 1924. He died in Macon on December 17, 2020.

Dr. Benshoff was proud to graduate in the largest class ever to matriculate from Windber High School in 1940. He attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. After serving in the Army in the U.S. he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh twice, with a B.S. and an M.D. Dr. Benshoff followed medical school with a residency in pathology at the Presbyterian Hospitals in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He was board certified in Pathologic Anatomy and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Benshoff volunteered for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Captain Benshoff was the Chief Pathologist at the Air Force Hospital in Wiesbaden, West Germany. He returned as a Major to his beloved western Pennsylvania in 1953. He first worked in Meadville, PA as a pathologist. In 1955 he moved to his family’s hometown of Johnstown, PA. Dr. Benshoff served as the chief pathologist at the Mercy Hospital from 1955 to his retirement in 1995.

Dr. Benshoff served as the president of the medical staff of the Mercy Hospital, and later served as the secretary/treasurer of the medical staff for many years. He served as the Secretary of the Cambria County Medical Society for decades. In addition, he served as an Elder of the Westmont Presbyterian Church for years. He had many hobbies including traveling, photography, sailing, carpentry, shooting, pool, restoring antique American firearms and building intricate models and machines of all kinds. Dr. Benshoff’s avocation was studying military history, especially the American Civil War. He visited almost all of the Civil War battlefields. After his family he loved his many dogs, beginning with the boyhood dog, Flash.

Dr. Benshoff was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur M. Benshoff M.D. and Zella Kessler Benshoff, both of Windber, PA, and his older brother, Arthur M. Benshoff, Jr. M.D.

Dr. Benshoff is survived by his spouse, Vivian Leaf Benshoff, Macon, GA and by his children, Albert M. Benshoff (Kristine), Concord, NC, Ericha R. Benshoff, M.D., Macon, GA and Harry M. Benshoff, Carrollton, TX; his grandchildren Matthew A. Benshoff, M.D. (LeeMarie), Concord, NC, Laura E. Benshoff, Philadelphia, PA and Taylor E. Moyer, Macon, GA; and one great-grandchild, Arthur W. Benshoff.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude and respect for the staff at Carlyle Place, and especially those at Harrington House and Stafford Suites, who loved and cared for him for many years. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Andersonville National Cemetery, in Andersonville, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to share tributes.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Dr. Benshoff is survived by his spouse, Vivian Leaf Benshoff, Macon, GA and by his children, Albert M. Benshoff (Kristine), Concord, NC, Ericha R. Benshoff, M.D., Macon, GA and Harry M. Benshoff, Carrollton, TX; his grandchildren Matthew A. Benshoff, M.D. (LeeMarie), Concord, NC, Laura E. Benshoff, Philadelphia, PA and Taylor E. Moyer, Macon, GA; and one great-grandchild, Arthur W. Benshoff.

Services

  • Private Memorial Services at a Later Date

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Pat Knudson

December 21, 2020

"Dr. B." was my boss for many years and his death brought back so many memories. I can sum them up in two words, "diligence" and "gentleman." He was devoted to his profession and had the respect of all the hospital physicians. It was nice to see them all come into the lab to confer with Dr. B. I never saw him act in any manner other than as a gentleman. He respected us all and in turn we were devoted to him.
I got to see him for the last time when I visited him in Stafford Suites in Macon. It was a great thing to spend some time with him.

Mary (Mo} Buchan

December 18, 2020

I worked for Dr Benshoff at Mercy Hospital and at Good Sams from 1960 as his Laboratory Supervisor until he retired. DrB was always a dedicated professional and a role model to his Laboratory staff. Each and every one knew they could count on him to be there for them. I have many fond memories of DrB. Including before A/C, Popsicles every Monday. A very caring man. The best boss ever.

Marilyn Billow

December 18, 2020

Dr Benshoff was the first pathologist I worked for. First at Mercy Hospital and then at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was a gentle giant who always had his techs’ backs. Comforting condolences to Dr B’s family.

Bronwyn Sossong

December 18, 2020

I had the privilege of working under Dr Benshoff. He always watched over the lab, and what was best for the patient, and was always available. A very kind soul and such a gentleman! He will surely be missed....

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