Benedum had a degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and was in law school when his Army unit was activated during the Berlin Crisis in the early 1960s.
“I was honorable discharged as a captain in the Military Police Corps,” Benedum said.
Returning to school, he finished the law degree in 1965 and he went into practice with his father. T. R. Benedum, now deceased, retired in 1991.
While practicing law and raising a family, Benedum gave back to the university and community he loves in many ways, including serving on the board of the OU Foundation. He also has served on the Norman Area Land Conservancy board as well as the boards of the Cleveland County YMCA, Jacobson House art center and the Norman Community Foundation. He and his wife, Jane, are active in St. John’s Episcopal Church.
He also served as a director at the local and state level of the American Cancer Society, service he refers to as “a privilege as a cancer survivor.” A dozen years ago, Benedum had surgery for prostate cancer and says he’s “on a soap box to tell every man over 40 to get tested.”
Closing the Benedum and Benedum Inc. office has meant dispersing thousands of files to the clients. Helping in that process has been Tricia Newman, who has been with him for 28 years and who he refers to as “a faithful assistant.”
Benedum is quick to correct anyone who uses the wrong word for his future.
“I am not retiring, I am rejuvenating,” he said.