By | November 18, 2021
Honorable Richard Hugh Benson Death

Richard Hugh Benson Death – Richard Hugh Benson died in the early hours on Tuesday, November 17, 2021. Honorable Benson a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Benson served for a decade in the U.S. Navy before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1956. In 1970, he was appointed to the Island Court by Governor Carlos G. Camacho, to the newly formed Superior Court of Guam in 1974, and retained by the people of Guam by popular election in 1978.

Benson, a 2012 recipient of the Judiciary of Guam’s Hustisia Award, made outstanding contributions to strengthening the rule of law throughout our island community during his storied tenure as a judge. He has judged different cases for more than 40 years, establishing a legacy built upon his particular attention to island custom and culture.

Richard served in that capacity for two decades before retiring from this position in 2001. From 2001 onward, Judge Benson continued serving the people of Guam as Senior Judge Pro Tempore for the Superior Court of Guam and Senior Justice Pro Tempore for the Supreme Court of Guam.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio made a statement following the death of Honorable Benson.

“We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of former Senior Judge Pro Tempore Richard H. Benson, who committed his life to carve out the pillars of justice for our island and who was dedicated to developing local judicial leadership for all of Micronesia,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Judge Benson served our nation for ten years in the Navy and summoned his spirit of goodness to fight against religious discrimination and racism at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. When he made Guam his home, we were not only gifted with his innate jurist abilities, but we also gained a genuine man of faith and a fighter for all people.”