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In Memoriam
From The Alumni Horae

Bob Benson
Brace Paddock
Chris Morrison
Lex Roberts
Doug Warren
 

Robert Elliott Benson, Jr. died on July 25, 1984, in Houston, Texas, of complications following surgical treatment for a blood abnormality arising from unknown causes. He was thirty-four. Some four years ago Bob had contracted Hodgkin's disease, which was treated over a period of a year's time with the apparent result of complete remission. The son of Elena Vittoria Benson and Robert Elliott Benson, he prepared for St. Paul's at Green Vale, entered School as a III Former in 1964, and was a member of the varsity hockey team. He chose to complete his education at home, where he graduated from Locust Valley High School and entered Cornell with his twin brother, Bill, in the fall of 1968. There he distinguished himself athletically as the only non-Canadian player on the Cornell freshman hockey team. Again, after a year, he returned home and attended both C. W. Post College and Adelphi University, but his fascination with and absorbing interest in mechanical things, machinery and automobiles, overcame the attraction of academic pursits. He had, in Ithaca, with his brother established a maintenance, repair, and restoration shop for automobiles of all kinds; one restored Rolls Royce was on display for several months in Manhattan. After a period of employment as chief of automotive fleet maintenance for Hertz at Houston International Airport, he joined with others to conduct Auto Sports, devoted to Jaguars, Porsches, Rolls Royces, and other high performance and elegant foreign cars. Surviving are his wife, Holley Peel Benson, and his son, Robert Elliott Benson III, of Houston; his parents, of Locust Valley; his sisters, Elena Benson Ganzenmuller and Christine Benson Corey; and his brothers, William Melville Benson '68 and David Philip Benson '79.
 
Brace Whitman Paddock died in Abita Springs, Louisiana, May 23, 1975. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, June 25, 1950, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin K. Paddock, he attended St. Paul's for four years. He is remembered there as a quiet youth, with a keen and rather whimsical sense of humor, who made close friends. He was a member of the ski team and winner of the prize for trap and skeet shooting in1967 and 1968, belonged to the Dramatic Club, Maroon Key and Cercle Francais, and won a Delphian letter in soccer. He was a devoted member of the Shavian Society, with an enthusiasm for Shaw which remained keen after graduation, and he expressed through his membership in the Cinema Society a dominant interest in photography which led to his being invited to exhibit his nature photographs in Stockbridge and Lenox, Massachusetts, and later in Louisiana. After graduation from St. Paul's, he attended American University in Washington, D. C. He had worked as a ranger with the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources, and was a member of the Army Reserve, before moving to Louisiana. Surviving are his parents; his wife, the former Sally Gates; two sisters, Mrs. David Maxwell and Mrs. Herbert Foster, 3d, and a brother, Lowell C. Paddock.
 
Christopher Charles Morrison died in New York City, November 26, 1971, in his twenty-second year. Born in New York City, March 22, 1950, the son of Edward S. and Dorothy M. Morrison (now Mrs. Dorothy M. Chedzoy), he was at St. Paul's for two years, 1963-65. After graduating from Riverdale Country Day School, the Bronx, New York, he attended college in Colorado and Oregon; then returned to New York City to perfect his French at a language school in the city, with a view to studying in l;rance for a career as a chef. Following several months of travel in France and North Africa, he returned to New York shortly before his death. He is survived by his mother and father; a sister, Lisa Morrison, and a brother, Edward S. Morrison, Jr.
 
Alexander Chambers Roberts and his younger brother, Owen Winthrop Roberts, Jr., died instantly in a tragic highway accident near Pensacola, Flor ida, August 15, 1968. The two boys—the elder, a June graduate of St. Paul's and the younger, a member of last year's Third Form—-were driving in a heavy rainstorm at moderate speed, when their car skidded on an oil slick and was struck broadside by an oncoming car. "Lex" and "Tio" Roberts were sons of Owen Winthrop Roberts, '42, and Janet Kiehel Roberts. They were also nephews of Frederick N. Roberts, '45, grandsons of Thomas C. Roberts, '17, and grand-nephews 3 of Walter Van B. Roberts, '11, and Richard B. Roberts, '28. The younger of the boys had been at St. Paul's for two years. The older brother entered the Third Form in 1964. In his Fifth Form year, he was on the staffs of the Pelican and Pictorial; he played on the Old Hundred soccer team in 1966 and 1967 and in his Sixth Form year he was a member of the Forum and Film Society and was the recipient of a Hubbard award for contributions to the musical life of the School. For his Sixth Form Independent Study Project last winter, he chose to make a study of Nigeria and the Biafra Revolution—a topic not far from the range of his personal experience, since his father was then completing an assignment as a foreign service officer in the U. S. Embassy at Ougadoubou, in the neighboring African country of Upper Volta. "Lex" Roberts had been accepted at Princeton and was looking forward to enrollment in the fall.
 
Douglass Lory Warren known among his many friends as “Renaissance Man” for his passions in life, died, of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, on July 21, 2002, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, at the age of 52.
A son of Mary Kathryn Carlson Warren and Thomas Eugene Warren, Jr., he was born in Memphis, Tenn., on February 18, 1950. He attended the Memphis University School and entered the V Form in 1966.
He was an Acolyte; a Lower School Supervisor; Secretary of the Missionary Society; Secretary of the Film Society; Photography Editor of Horae Scholasticae and of The Pelican; Technical Advisor to the Photography Society; and a member of the SPS debating team, the Forum, the Mathematics Society, the Pictorial, the Conroy Committee, the John Winant Society, the Yearbook Committee, the Poetry Society, the Rifle Club, and the Dramatic Club. He played Isthmian football and SPS basketball and was the trainer for SPS soccer. As a VI Former he was awarded a Morehead Scholarship by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a Second Testimonial in 1967 and received a cum laude diploma with Honors in art, history, modern languages, and Sacred Studies.
At Harvard, where he majored in economics, he was president of The Harvard Independent and a member of The Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the Harvard Krokodiloes and graduated in 1972.
For two years he was associate director of the Harvard College Fund and, while at the Harvard Business School, served as a house proctor at Harvard. He received his M.B.A. in 1976.
Between 1976 and 1988 Mr. Warren worked in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Houston, Texas. Settling in Hopkinton, Mass., he served as chief financial officer of a number of high-tech companies, including Business Software Technology, ONTOS, and OpenAvenue. At the time of his death he was a partner with Tatum CFO Partners, LLP, in Boston.
As an independent consultant, he spent a significant amount of his professional time helping young start-up companies get organized and ready for the real world. He was capable of doing many different things concurrently and performing top-quality
work for everyone. He loved the excitement and all the possibilities of the high-tech world.
While living in Houston, Mr. Warren was a member of the vestry of Christ Church Cathedral. In Hopkinton he was a member of the Financial Executives International and a founder of the Hopkinton Education Foundation, which raises funds and makes grants to public school teachers for special projects to benefit their students.
According to his brother, “Douglass viewed the world with his heart rather than his head.” The essence of Doug was that he was interested in nearly everything and pursued life with energy and relish. He was extremely active in alumni events for St. Paul's School, Harvard College, and Harvard Business School. He organized many reunions. His friendships and personal relationships were his riches.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Anne Shore Warren, whom he married on July 7, 1979; two daughters, Julia Elizabeth Warren and Madeleine Olivia Warren; and a brother, Gregory Warren.