Ben was so gifted and he distinguished himself in whatever he pursued. With all that, he was such a gentle and kind spirit. I never knew him to boast of himself or speak ill of anyone, even in those college days when both characteristics were the norm. Later, when he was at the University of Paris or at Yale, I was in the army in Vietnam. We corresponded and his letters were always eagerly received. Ben helped to keep me smiling, sometimes laughing, through many a storm. His detailed critiques of the various recitals he attended, and his sometimes hilarious comments written down the margins of the
program bulletin, are archives to be treasured by me forever. Rest in peace, Ben.
-Charles Samuel Brown