David "Dan" Benton, III

Profile Updated: November 9, 2017
Class Year: 1961
Residing In: Powder Springs, GA USA
Spouse/Partner: Nancy
Occupation: International Franchise Development; Retired 2013
Children: None
Military Service: West Point - 1965; US Army 1965-99; LTG-Ret.  

Met Nancy at Fort Sill in between '67-68 & '70-71 Vietnam tours. We married in '70 and are coming up on 40th Anniversary. No kids but a 95 lb Labradoodle, Gordon, is our pride and love. Retired from Army after 34 years, almost half spent in Europe. Went into private sector with an Atlanta-based franchise holding company as Director of Development for Middle East & Asia/Pacific ... traveled a lot! Retired in 2013.

School Story:

I spent my Junior PAHS year living in Bourg-La-Reine, southern Paris suburb, then we moved to Fontainebleau for the Senior year. REMEMBRANCES: the Wednesday night 'cultural events' for the dorm rats; flicking 'Centimes' at any hapless sole in the dining hall when they 'spazed' doing something that caught our attention; playing tennis many times with Dave Lambert at the now famous Roland Garros stadium. The PAHS experience was truly unique. While in Paris a few years back (~1997) I went by the school grounds in Garches and was wandering around. A school official confronted me, asked what I was doing there ( I was a Major General at that time). He quickly ushered me into the Head Master's office. The school was then a private school attended by diplomatic dependent kids and many students from the Middle East I explained who I was and why I was looking around ... security was tight. They gave me the royal tour, a school overview, drank a couple bottles of wines. Nice experience. The entire area where PAHS was located (Garches, Paris-St. Cloud) is now a huge business complex known as La Defense. Many sky-scraper office buildings and multi-use residential-retail developments. It looks different but the memories linger.

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Posted on: Oct 06, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Dave, I see you've a B-dfay coming up next week and want to send my very best to you. Mine follows in a couple months. Am sending an old photo from another time, another place

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Posted on: Jun 02, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Gunter, was just looking through the PAHS website at recently updated profiles. Happened onto yours and I notice that you are in the Atlanta area. I live in West Cobb county. Came to retired here in 2000. Then worked for about 10 years for an int'l franchise company and 'fully' retired 3 years ago. Might be fun to get together sometime over coffee and relive some PAHS stories. I visited the school campus several years ago and it was an active school primarily for English-speaking business families and diplomats. We had a unique experience during our time there. All the best to you.
Dan B

Jun 01, 2017 at 7:33 AM

I regret to announce that my brother, Charlie, passed away on May 19, 2017. He had been dealing with a serious lymphoma issue for several years and it finally took him to his God. Charlie was an incredible, loving, fun person. All who knew him loved him. My brother, Phil, sister Trish and our families miss him dearly. Dan Benton, Class of 1961.

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Sep 12, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Lisa, a 2-day belated Happy Birthday to you. I'd been in Montreal last few days but my cell carrier had no int'l capability (which I intend to change). I'm now 'fully retired' and still in the Atlanta area. Nancy keeps me busy with 'home upkeep' and our Golden Doodle, Ms. Roxi. We get to DC fairly often so perhaps I'll give a shout. All the best to you and yours. Dan

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Nov 27, 2014 at 8:32 AM

I still recall Janell's constant smile and cheerful nature from decades ago.  This is a tragedy but the remembrances of Janell are nothing but good ones. 

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Nancy and Gordon the Labradoodle (as a puppy) in Bar Harbor, Maine (2007)