"You Made a Difference" Award
Benno was born July 13, 1933, in Bainbridge, NY, to Beatrice and Stephan Ansbacher who emigrated to the United States in August 1930. He was the second child of four children.
Benno went to high school at Culver Military Academy, in Culver IN, graduating in June 1950. In the fall of 1950 he entered Harvard College, but dropped out after completing his freshman year due to financial difficulties. He spent two years working at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale and two years serving in the US Army before returning to Harvard in September 1955. He graduated cum laude with a degree in history in June 1958.
Benno had a very successful insurance career beginning in 1958 spanning 42 years, culminating in retirement in December 2000. While working in June 1959, he met Evelyn, the love of his life. They married January 21, 1961.
Benno and Evelyn raised two children, Jonathan and Deborah. Both are married with two children of their own. Evelyn was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 39. She passed away from complications of Parkinson’s on June 2, 2017 after 56 years of marriage.
Benno has been a member of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church since 1965. He is an avid cyclist, plays bridge and chess, and enjoys reading the New York Times and listening to opera.
His volunteer activities include bell ringing for the Salvation Army, AARP tax preparation work for senior citizens and donating platelets and plasma every eight weeks at the Rockville Center blood center.
In Benno’s own words, "I close this biography with no regrets about the life that I have lived and the fond memories which have helped to sustain me."