Dick Benack, author of Monsignor Tales and Beth, retired after 40 years as a practicing real property attorney representing national clients of America from offices on Wall Street and midtown Manhattan and Long Island. He served as Counsel for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America and later conducted his own legal practice in Estates and Trusts Law in his hometown of Garden City, Long Island, NY. In his village he served on many volunteer committees and ultimately was elected a Trustee and then Mayor of the Village of Garden City. His wife of 53 years is Miriam Collins and they have four children, all successful business executives in the world of technology. His Bachelor of Arts Degree is from Fordham University and LL.D. and LL.M degrees were awarded to him by Brooklyn Law School. After college he rose to the rank of Captain in the United States Army’s Transportation Corps and served in New Orleans, Houston, Newfoundland and Greenland in support of America’s Distant Early Warning System during the Korean War. Dick’s writing skills existed from his high school years at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ and in the years following his military service when he was introduced to the world of advertising with the firm of Donahue and Coe and later served as Managing Editor of The Contractor, a national trade magazine. His first book, Saints Aren’t Angels, is a novel set in 1845-50 Turin, Italy where Saint John Bosco established his first Oratorio for the education of that city’s poor boys.
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Published December 30, 2010
Religion & Spirituality.