Ben H. Love

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Ben H. Love
Born September 26, 1930(1930-09-26)
Trenton, Tennessee
Died July 31, 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 79)
Cedar Park, Texas
Education Lambuth College
Employer Boy Scouts of America
Title Chief Scout Executive
Term 1985–1993
Predecessor James L. Tarr
Successor Jere Ratcliffe
Spouse Annie (Ann) Hugo

Ben H. Love (September 26, 1930 – July 31, 2010) was the eighth Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America serving from 1985 to 1993. Love graduated from Peabody High School and Lambuth College.[1] He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and attained the rank of sergeant. [1] Love died on July 31, 2010, at his home in Cedar Park, Texas due to lung cancer.[1]

Scouting career

Love became a District Executive for the West Tennessee Area Council in 1955, and in 1960 he became Scout Executive of the Delta Area Council. In 1968, Ben was named Scout Executive of the Longhorn Council in Fort Worth, Texas and it was during his tenure that the Sid Richardson Scout Ranch was constructed. In 1971, he was named Scout Executive at the Sam Houston Area Council. [1] Prior to becoming Chief Scout Executive in 1985, Love served as director of the Northeast Region from 1973 to 1985 and lived in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. When he took office there were approximately 4.7 million members of the BSA.[2]

Chief Scout Executive

As Chief Scout Executive Love introduced the BSA campaign against the five "unacceptables": hunger, illicit drugs, child abuse, youth unemployment and illiteracy. The BSA also developed coeducational "Career Awareness" Exploring during the Ben Love years.[3]

It was Love's leadership during his tenure as Chief Scout Executive in defending the BSA during the Curran Case, the Randall case and later the Dale case that charted the course for the Boy Scouts eventual legal victories, but loss of public support. His attitude at the time is evidenced by his quote, "A homosexual," says Love, "is not the role model I would want as the leader of my son's troop - and neither is an atheist."[4] Template:Seealso

Honors and Awards

See also


Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
James L. Tarr
Chief Scout Executive
Succeeded by
Jere Ratcliffe