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Ben Zuber Swanson, Jr., DDS, MPhil (#47273947)
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Bio Photo Ben Swanson (or Ben Zuber Swanson, Jr.) is a life-long collector who has concentrated on vintage items related to his profession of dentistry for the past 45 years. He has amassed a collection of some 40,000 images and 3-dimensional artifacts. In addition to his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree he holds a masters degree (MPhil) in the history of dentistry from the prestigious Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London. He is a past president of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry and was the founding executive director of the National Museum of Dentistry, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ben also had a career in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a dentist and retired as a full colonel.

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Rodney Belcher
John Watling
Thank you so much for sponsoring Dr. Watling's memorial. I tried to have it be "famous" but Findagrave didn't agree with me! Thanks for recognizing this dental pioneer!
Added by Rodney Belcher on Aug 09, 2016 12:57 PM
Sharron Cohen
Elmer Hodgdon
Thanks for sponsoring Elmer Hodgdon's Memorial page (123112572). I'd be happy to do a transfer, if you'd like. Sharron Cohen
Added by Sharron Cohen on Jul 02, 2016 2:53 PM
Shan Clark
Philander Ring
Hi Ben,
I received a message that you have sponsored the memorial I created for Philander. It is the first time since I started as a member on Find a Grave that one of my memorials has been sponsored. Thank you!

I would love to know your connection to Philander.

My best,
Shan Clark
Added by Shan Clark on Jun 09, 2016 7:44 AM
John Wilby
Elijah Tubbs
This is the 1st time I have ever had a memorial
sponsored. A thank you is in order.
Do you have any connection to Elijah?
John Wilby
Added by John Wilby on Jun 08, 2016 5:06 PM
Rick Rudie
Dr Amon Ortman postcard
Dr Swanson,
I just added a postcard of Dr Ortman here. I have this original post card from my grandmothers archives. I really have no idea why it was in there. Is this something you would like to have?
Added by Rick Rudie on May 30, 2016 11:21 AM
Big Ern
William Mumler
Thank you for sponsoring his memorial. I appreciate it!
Added by Big Ern on May 07, 2016 10:16 PM
Jon Saunders
Albert H Spicer Memorials Westerly
I updated the memorials and made as many connections as I could locate. Feel free to send along additional information.
Added by Jon Saunders on Apr 27, 2016 11:24 PM
Dexter Taylor
RE: Claude Wildes
Hi again Ben - I looked through the local papers again for the 4 weeks after Claude's death and there is no mention at all. I suspect he found himself at the county hospital in Monroe and died there and thus ended up at the county subsidized cemetery in Monroe. I notice his brother was in Island County which is a much less populous county not too far away and they may not have had the facility to take in Claude. As far as transfers I stick with the FindAGrave guidelines - parents, grandparents, children, but am always happy to add whatever you want on the memorial.
Added by Dexter Taylor on Apr 11, 2016 10:21 PM
Dexter Taylor
Claude Wildes
thank you for sponsoring Claude Wildes' memorial and posting the great business card/photo. Usually someone just wants a memorial transferred to them and then does nothing. I am clueless as to why or when Mr. Wildes moved to Monroe and why he does not have a grave marker. There is no mention of him in the local paper. Perhaps he did not live in Monroe but is merely buried here, as it was the county cemetery, for those who did not have anyone to deal with their affairs.
Added by Dexter Taylor on Apr 08, 2016 8:58 PM
Dr. George Grant Lemley Memorial # 156037404

Thank you so much for sponsoring Dr. Lemley's memorial.

I love the images you posted.

The poetic "Age of a Horse" was great.

It's so wonderful to see the face of George. He was a handsome guy.

Do you have the year the advertisement was printed? In the photo Dr. Lemley appears to be about 30 years old. I looked for an Dr. N. Pease in Omaha in about 1906 based on how old George looked. I came up empty handed.

We appreciate your work very much.

Added by KDQ on Apr 04, 2016 6:50 PM
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