Bishop's Valentines: Belinda Lynds Benson '61 and John Benson '59
Did you know there are more than 90 Bishop's alumni married to fellow alumni? That's a lot of love! For the week leading up to Valentine's Day, we'll be featuring some of those couples and highlighting the love that was ignited because of Bishop's.
Are you a Bishop's couple? We invite you to share your love story with us in this online questionnaire.
Belinda Lynds Benson '61 and John Benson '59
What are you up to now? John and I stayed close to home and live north of Alpine in the Japatul Valley. We have two grown children, Brad and Lauren, and two grandsons, Brock (13) and Max (10). We are lucky to have both of their families living close by in San Diego.
Tell us your love story! John and I met through friends at Bishop's and San Miguel. We were part of the same friend group but didn't date until after I graduated from Bishop's. I went off to TCU in Texas and we saw each other during summer breaks. It sounds like Danny and Sandy from the movie Grease: Summer Lovin'. We finally decided to get married in December of 1964! I married my best friend and we are still best friends to this day! We have been married for 56 years.
How did Bishop’s impact your relationship? In '61, Bishop's was an all-girls boarding school and Belinda was a boarder there. We had so much in common through education and faith. Both Bishop's and San Miguel were Episcopal schools so we knew we had similar values and interests. Fun fact: Father Stevens from Bishop's married us and gave the best marital advice that two young adults could get in the progressive 60s.
What advice do you have for other Bishop’s couples? Father Stevens gave us the best advice that we use to this day: "There will be a lot of ups and downs in your marriage. Never go to bed angry with one another without even a touch, a confirmation that you care."
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.