Gregory R. Beneze

Profile Updated: January 20, 2019
Residing In: Towanda, IL
Spouse/Partner: Carol Beneze
Occupation: Lead IT Architect, State Farm Insurance (retired 2013)
Children: Erin, born in 1983, graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, married to Jennings Hanna and lives More…and works in LA. Erin and Jennings have 2 boys, Quiller (2yr/4m) and Rider (2m).
Elisa, born in 1986, a graduate of Scripps College, Claremont, CA, with a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Currently residing in Old Town Alexandria, VA, working in DC for Baker Bottsas a litigation attorney.
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I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a degree in Mathematics, and then continued by math studies at ISU, graduating with a Master's Degree in Math with a focus on Probability and Statistics. I applied at State Farm as an Actuary but they no openings and instead offered me a job as a programmer, with the offer that at some future point I could internally post for openings as an Actuary. The Systems Dept was just starting to grow and I only programmed for a couple of years before becoming a trainer for new programmers, then a Manager in IT to a Director to my current position as Lead IT Architect.

Carol and I both retired in 2013 and we spend our time traveling and spending time in both DC and Venice CA with our girls and their families.

In my second year at State Farm I met the woman of my dreams, Carol, who was also a programmer at State Farm. We were married in 1982 and when Erin was born, Carol left the work force to raise our family. We shared the joy of raising 2 talented, smart, and beautiful girls. Erin has a passion and talent for dance that she has developed by studying the art since she was 5 years old. You can see videos and information on the Internet. Elisa also danced, but had other passions including playing softball and riding horses. Through high school and college she was an Eventer, riding her thoroughbred, Hagen's Mug at events in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Carol and I spend our spare time traveling and visiting our girls.

School Story:

My favorite teacher was Mr Harden. He taught first and second year physics and knew how to make experiments fun. One of them was the wind tunnel where we used cigarettes to create our smoke - those were the days. He lived up the street from where I grew up.

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From right: Randy, grandson Quiller, Carol, Elisa, Jennings, Erin, and grandson Rider. Christmas 2018
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Erin in flight - photo by Lou Davis
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Erin, Me, Carol, Elisa -- Thanksgiving 2008 at Grayton Beach, Florida
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Elisa and Hagen at Kentucky Horse Park
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NL Beneze annual family celebration at Pere Marquette, May 2009. Me, my mom (AHS '47), Janet (AHS '72), Lee (AHS '68), Joy (AHS '75). My dad passed away in 1980. We've done this every year for the past 17 years, and it includes the Alton Memoral Day parade. My mom loves a good parade.