Remembering a Life Well Lived

Dr. Peter Lorimer Benson (May 2, 1946 – October 2, 2011)

As many of you already know, ParentFurther is an extension of the greater Search Institute family. Our approach to parenting is built on Search Institute’s Developmental Assets®: 40 common sense, positive qualities and experiences that help influence the choices kids make. Every day, we proudly work alongside the dedicated staff at the Search Institute home office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Until this past Sunday, we also worked alongside our leader, Dr. Peter Benson, President and CEO of the Institute. It is with great regret and deep sorrow that we no longer have this privilege.

On Sunday, Dr. Benson passed away after a year-long fight with cancer. His international reputation in human development emerged in the 1990s through his innovative, research-based framework of the Developmental Assets. His work wove together rigorous scholarship with a passionate commitment to understanding—and influencing—society to be more attentive to children , youth, and families. His insight, vision, and passion made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events, organizations, and policy initiatives. Click here to read the full press release and Dr. Benson’s obituary.

We just wanted to take the opportunity here to publicly honor the inspirational leader and youth development pioneer, Dr. Peter Benson. We are grieving our loss now, but facing our future with a strong sense of commitment to continue the work that Dr. Benson began and will forever inspire in us.

With love and regard,
The ParentFurther/Search Institute Family

Join Us:——>Take a moment to remember international leader and visionary, Dr. Peter Benson. Click on the links below to remember some of Dr. Benson’s greatest moments, or share a personal memory of Dr. Benson in the comments section.

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