Benson, Alvin G., Saginaw Township, Michigan


Passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital at the age of 90 years. Alvin G. Benson was born January 16, 1922, the son of the late George and Elsie (Henning) Benson, a native of Chicago, Illinois, where he spent all of his early life. He graduated from Northwestern University. During W.W.II, he served in the Pacific Theatre as Lieutenant (J.G.), US Navy. He then graduated from Harvard Business School. He began his banking career in 1948 with NBD in Detroit where he served until 1971. He came to Saginaw at that time, serving as President of Second National Bank. The following year, he became Chairman and CEO, a position he held until 1986 when he retired. He had been instrumental in the formation of Second National Bank of Bay City where he served as Chairman. He received the Chamber of Commerce Albert Award for community service which included serving on the Boards of United Way, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, First Ward Community Center, Junior Achievement and the Michigan Colleges Foundation. He was Chairman of the Board of Saginaw General Hospital, the Saginaw Medical Center Committee and the Advisory Board of Central Michigan University School of Business. He also served on the Boards of Monroe Auto Equipment, Michigan Sugar Company, Lake Shore Inc., Dobson Heavy Haul and Citizens Banking Corporation. He was a member of the Saginaw Club, serving one year as its President, and of the Saginaw Country Club. He was also a member of First Congregational Church. His first wife, Elsie, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn (Sutton) Benson; four children and their spouses, Christine Benson, Tucson, AZ; Martha Gerganoff, Tucson, AZ; Paul and Michelle Benson, Fenton; Lisa and Steven Devos, Saginaw; four grandchildren, Rachel and Nicholas Gerganoff, Lindsay Devos and Mackenzie Benson. A son-in-law, Stefan Gerganoff, predeceased him. He also leaves an adopted daughter, Foster Parents Plan 1953, and her family, Anastassia Papazisi, her husband, and their children, Dr. Kiki, Dr. Kostos and Dr. Stelios of Grevena and Athens, Greece. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the W. L. Case & Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, where his family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Rev. Roosevelt Austin will officiate. Private burial will take place in Acacia Park Cemetery, Birmingham. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Saginaw Community Foundation or a charity of their choice. www.casefuneralhome.com