Benjamin G. Dennis
Benjamin G. Dennis went home to be with the
Lord on December 17th, 2009 in Ft. Myers, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Anita; his daughter,
Winona McGowan and her husband Anthony of Nashville;
his son Dr. Benjamin N. Dennis and his wife,
Susan, of Bethesda, Maryland; his son Joseph
Dennis of Chicago; and his son Peter Dennis,
Esq., and wife Amanda of Ft. Myers. Grandchildren
include Winona's children: Mario, Anthony, and
Joy; Ben Jr.'s children: Luke and Julia; and
Peter's children: Mali and Benjamin Morlu. Great
grandchildren include: Mario's daughters: Keshon,
Marzel, and Keiara; Tony's daughter, Shakira;
and Joy's sons, Danti and Vernon.
was born in Monrovia, Liberia, on June 5, 1929,
to Mali and Ngombu Tejjeh Dennis, the Liberian
financial attaché in Berlin, Germany.
He spent the early part of his life in Germany
and Liberia before moving to England. In 1950,
he came to America from Queens College, Oxford
University. He received a B.S. in biology and
a B.A. in sociology in 1954, from Lincoln University
in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1956, during
the Montgomery Bus Boycott, he marched with
Martin Luther King, Jr., and received his master's
degree from Fisk University. He received a dual
Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology in 1963,
from Michigan State University. From 1964-1970,
he taught at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio,
where he served as chairman of the Department
of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work.
From 1970 to 1991, Dennis taught at the University
of Michigan-Flint, later serving as Executive
Assistant to the Chancellor for Minority Programs.
He is the author of two books: The Gbandes:
A People of the Liberian Hinterland in 1973;
and Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from
America to Liberia, in 2008. From 1975-89, he
served on the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Mission Board and was instrumental in the establishment
of the LCMS in Liberia.
for projects in Liberia may be sent to: St.
Michael Lutheran Church, 3595 Broadway, Ft.
Myers, FL 33901. A memorial service will
be held at St. Michael Lutheran Church on December
23rd at 5:30pm.