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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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Marie Bonafonte
RE: Dr George Wesley Spencer
I did read the PA one and very interesting. In fact, after reading it, I did a little searching for him and found his LW&T which directs re-interment after his estate was settled and whatever cemetery his wife was eventually planning to have herself buried. Looks like he died in May and probate was started in June from the various probate listings that I found for Pittsburgh.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 21, 2016 6:50 AM
Marie Bonafonte
Dr George Wesley Spencer
I received your information and thank you for it. I am not related to this person or his family - just a volunteer walking in cemeteries and then noting information on FindAGrave.com. When I find a number of burials in one area that seem related, I do try to take the additional step to check on relationships and then link, if there is a relationship. So, unfortunately, I'm not able to provide any additional information other than what is already noted. However, you did mention that there is another burial designation for Dr. Spencer in PA - it would be helpful to know the other cemetery's name so that I can make mention in his NY memorial. The other thought is that I could transfer his family memorials to you since it looks like you have serious interest in Dr. Spencer. Let me know. Marie
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 20, 2016 12:28 PM
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
Ben,
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?
Rick
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
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