Vic Bennet of Richmond Beach dies

Friday, November 20, 2009

By Evan Smith

Longtime Richmond Beach resident and Lynnwood High School history teacher Vic Bennet died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2009, of leukemia.

Mr. Bennet had taught in the Edmonds School District for 40 years, the last 24 at Lynnwood High. He had earlier taught at Edmonds, Woodway and Mountlake Terrace high schools.

He continued to teach until a few weeks before he died.

He graduated from Shoreline High School in 1962 and from Washington State University in 1966, and he held master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington.

At the University of Washington, he wrote a dissertation that involved translating German wartime cables. He once admitted that, while he could read German well enough to do this academic work, he couldn’t converse in the language.

Vic Bennet was a star half-miler, miler and cross-country runner at Shoreline High and Washington State. He later ran with the Snohomish Track Club. He continued to run recreationally until his leukemia took its toll.

He coached cross country and track at Shoreline Community College, Everett Community College, Edmonds High School and Lynnwood High School.

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