July 18, 2006
Dr. Benjamin Ebling, professor emeritus of languages and linguistics at Western Michigan University, died July 13 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was 73.
A WMU alumnus and professor of French, Ebling joined the WMU faculty in 1965 and served for 27 years until his retirement with emeritus status in April 1992. He was a member of the Michigan Foreign Language Association, American Association of Teachers of French and Central States Modern Language Teachers Association. Prior to joining the WMU faculty, he served as a French instructor at Coe College for three years and taught French in the Newark (Ohio) Public Schools for one year while completing his doctoral degree. He also served for two years in the U.S. Army.
Ebling was born April 29, 1933, in Grand Rapids, Mich. He received his bachelor's degree from WMU in 1955, a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1956, and his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1965.
Funeral Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Mich., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck, Mich. Memorials may be made to St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, Mich., or to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.
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