Estelle Benson graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a BS degree in Education. A member of Pi Mu Honor Society, she also received the American Association of University Women Award for Outstanding Service to Temple. In 1978 Estelle earned a Master of Arts degree in School Administration from Villanova University. After teaching for over three decades, Estelle retired as a school administrator from the School District of Philadelphia. She became a co-founder of the Guillain-Barre Syndrome Foundation International in 1980 after her husband, Robert, was stricken with the condition. She is the Founder of the organization and serves on the Board of the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Estelle is past president of the board of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, a member of the Sounding Board, the Conwell Society and a member of the General Alumni Board of Directors of the University. She received the “Certificate of Honor” award from Temple University in 2000 and the Founder’s Award from the Graduate Alumni Society of the Arts and Sciences at Villanova University in 2003. She has two married sons and four grandchildren.