CDR Benjamin Strickland
CDR Benjamin Strickland was a highly decorated military officer whose career came to an end after helping a victim of sexual assault. Working in an environment which encouraged commanders to cover up allegations of such misconduct, CDR Strickland took up for her cause by standing up against commanders’ attempts at covering up these claims of abuse and support her throughout.
A woman claims she was subject to physical and emotional abuse by her former flame, including being hit and choked repeatedly. Additionally, she reported bruising around her neck, arms and face from these incidents.
Early Life and Education
Strickland was born in Navesink, New Jersey and relocated with his family two years later to Philadelphia. There, he met architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe and began an early apprenticeship under him.
His career took off from there, as he was selected to attend Army Medical School and Medical Field Service School. Following graduation he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Hospital and promoted to major.
His archaeological exhibitionist tendencies (the clock face of the Second Bank for instance, reproducing an antique gem that had been found in Corinth and described by James Stuart and Nicholas Revett in their work The Antiquities of Athens), were offset by immense creative powers: at Philadelphia Merchants Exchange his rotunda replicated the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates through a truly ingenious spatial performance!
After leaving Latrobe, Strickland continued his architectural practice as his main means of livelihood. Although he received some important commissions in the 1830s and early 1840s, by mid-1844 his business started declining due to competition from former student Thomas Ustick Walter and other architects such as John Haviland who had immigrated. Losses only worsened with economic depression.
He assisted the Badgers to field one of the top-4 defenses in 2014, allowing opponents to complete only 168.0 passing yards per game. Under his supervision, junior CB Darius Hillary earned second-team All-Big Ten honors while true freshman Sojourn Shelton recorded four interceptions – an unprecedented achievement among UW freshmen!
His practice encompasses representing large corporations, developers and municipalities in environmental litigation matters such as Clean Water Act enforcement, wetland development and Superfund proceedings.
Achievement and Honors
Strickland earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009 in recognition of his professional success and generosity to the University. He serves on multiple committees within UT including Development Council, Chancellor’s Associates and Haslam College of Business Dean Advisory Board as an Emeritus Member as well as Knoxville Junior Achievement.
He has started numerous successful companies, such as Thomas Engineering, Tomcat Engineering, Avolites Gear Park and Vol Air. Additionally, he is actively involved with Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Alex Coy and Nicholas Robinson won the Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize, honoring outstanding undergraduate instrumental music performers. Miles Friday received the John James Blackmore Prize, supporting graduate vocal studies studies.
Strickland spent three years as a captain at Walter Reed Army Hospital before attending the School of Aviation Medicine to earn his flight surgeon wings and be assigned as command station hospital at various Army bases such as Rapid City, Moses Lake and Davis-Monthan.
Strickland was extremely active in forming state and local dental associations throughout his career, including being a founding president of Ohio Northern Dental Assoc. He served on both committees for this organization as well as being a member.
His family includes Frances, two sons Shawn and Dillon, daughter Amanda Waters, five grandchildren and one great grandson as well as Esta Collins of Bushnell Florida. A memorial service will take place at Lewis Home for Funerals in Waco on March 2, with his remains being interred at Strickland Cemetery in Livingston Montana.
Strickland has established himself in his career, becoming one of the best middleweights in the UFC. He earns a base salary of $200,000 within this organization and often gets win bonuses as additional compensation.
He made headlines after sharing an Instagram post wherein he humorously juxtaposed his initial plans of purchasing a powerful Dodge Hellcat muscle car with his actual reality of owning a Hyundai Accent. This amusing display of humor garnered him many followers on social media.
KaDee Strickland has appeared in multiple movies, such as Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice where she played Charlotte King. No doubt this film earned KaDee a considerable amount.