Lower Merion High School

Class of 1965

(contributions of memorial obituaries for other class members are welcome)

Jerry G. Benetatos

(written by Nicholas M. Benetatos)

24 May 1947 – 22 October 1995
Lower Merion Senior High School, Class of 1965

After a very successful high school athletic career, Jerry Benetatos graduated from Lower Merion in 1965 and attended Saint Joseph’s University on a full athletic scholarship. During his collegiate athletic career, Jerry broke several school records and earned numerous honors including All American distinctions in both soccer and baseball. In 1969, Jerry graduated from Saint Joseph’s with a B.S. degree in History and enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. In the early 1970’s, Jerry served active duty as a medic at U.S. Fort Sam Houston in Houston Texas. These duties were continued for an extended time period at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia. In the summer of 1970 Jerry was married to Maryanne Salvato and the couple settled in suburban Philadelphia. In 1972, shortly after the birth of their first son Christopher, Jerry began working at Provident National Bank (now PNC Bank) - a position which evolved into a very successful 25 year career in cash management. In 1978, Jerry and Maryanne gave birth to their second son Nicholas. Jerry continued an active lifestyle throughout the 1980s, he enjoyed partaking in racket sports as well as golf. Jerry often competed in various local sporting events including the Philadelphia Corporate Olympics (gold medallist 1982) and annual participation in the Philadelphia Broad Street Run. In 1989, Jerry was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately lost his lengthy battle with the disease in 1995. He is survived by his brother Peter (LMHS class of ’66), wife Maryanne, and sons Christopher and Nicholas all of whom reside in the Philadelphia area. In 2002, Jerry was posthumously inducted into the Saint Joseph’s University Baseball Hall of Fame. He remains a candidate for the University’s Soccer Hall of Fame, and for induction into the more general and prestigious University Athletic Hall of Fame.