Benjamin Alan Eder was born in Coos Bay, OR on March 22, 1980. He died on December 11, 2001, lost at sea along with three other men, Rob Thompson, Steve Langlot, and Jared Hamrick, while fishing for Dungeness crab aboard the F/V Nesika.
Until 1986, Ben lived in Port Orford, OR, after which he moved with his family to Newport, OR. Ben attended local schools and graduated from Newport High School in 1998 as a salutatorian.
For his freshman and sophomore years, he studied at Reed College, in Portland, OR, taking a leave of absence during the 2000-2001 school year to travel for six months in South America. Upon his return, he enrolled in September 2001 as a junior at the University of Oregon in Eugene, with the intent to double major in biochemistry and international relations.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Ben signed all his letters to family and friends Learn, learn, learn! At the time of his death, on his nightstand was a biochemistry text, and A History of Knowledge. In his backpack, salvaged from the hull of the vessel, was a copy of Barrons Islam and a recent issue of The Economist.
Ben loved to travel and did so extensively. In addition to traveling across the US several times and to Brazil, Panama, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia while in South America, Ben had traveled to Israel, British Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.
He is survived by his parents, Bob Eder and Michele Longo Eder and his brother Dylan Eder, all of Newport, OR; his grandparents Edie Eder of Los Angeles, CA and Joe and Betty Longo of Worcester, NY; his aunts and uncles Lorna and Alan Eder and Harvey Eder of Los Angeles, CA and Linda and Marc Longo of Milford, NY; his love, Phoebe Morris; many cousins and innumerable friends.
Memorial services were held on December 15 and December 21 in Newport, OR. To honor his memory, the Ben Eder Memorial Scholarship c/o the Lincoln County Foundation, 8423 Yaquina Bay Road, Newport, OR 97365 has been established.