Benjamin T. Cullen Jr. passed away peacefully at home in Crozet, Va., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Born on September 10, 1924, in Portsmouth, Va., Ben was a 1943 graduate of Virginia Tech and a member of the Highty Tighties. Ben served in the United State Army Air Force during World War II in Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and the European Theater. After his discharge, Ben realized his calling was teaching. He was a teacher and coach at Norview High School in Norfolk, Va. before becoming principal at Luray High School. Ben earned his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. Appointed Director of Personnel at the Medical College of Virginia, Ben began a 25 year career with MCV/VCU where he became a full-time faculty member in the School of Hospital Administration and Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions. Ben retired as Professor Emeritus in the School of Hospital Administration. Ben had a 20 year association with the Virginia Health Council including being Chairman of the Board, recipient of the first Virginia United Methodist General of Higher Education Francis Asbury Award as well as chairperson for the Virginia United Methodist Homes. Ben also participated in the alumni groups of Virginia Tech, UVA and MCV/VCU. Ben was privileged to be associated with many dedicated individuals in church, community and professional activities and organizations. He always had a kind word or joke for everyone. Ben's legacy is his love for his family. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Hannah; daughter, Donna Swanson and her husband, Alan, of Washington, D.C.; son, Tom and his wife, Deborah, of Lewisburg, W.Va.; and son, Dan and his wife, Ellie, of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Dan Swanson and his wife, Priya, of Washington, D.C., Allie Swanson of Washington, D.C., Casey Cullen of Denver, Colo., Lauren Cullen of Virginia Beach, Maggi Cullen of Virginia Beach, Christina Cullen of Lewisburg, W.Va., and Jacob Dowdy and his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Bailey, of Lewisburg, W.Va. His grandson, Matthew Swanson predeceased him. He also leaves two great-granddaughters, Maya and Arya Swanson. A memorial service will be held at a later date. If you would like to do something in Ben's memory please donate to Hospice of the Piedmont, c/o Advancement Department, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville VA 22911 or online at hopva.org/give.
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