Dr. Benjamin B. Wells, 66, a medical school administrator and educator who was a Veterans Administration official for 15 years, died Oct. 12 at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital following a heart attack.
Before coming to Washington and joining the Veteran Administration in 1958, he had been dean of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.
Dr. Wells held several high posts in the VA's department of surgery and medicine. He spent a year as dean of UCLA's medical school and then a year as director of the Cleveland VA hospital before returning to the VA Washington headquarters in 1964. For several years he was deputy chief medical director of the department of surgery and medicine.
In 1974, he moved to Alabama, where he was an associate dean of the University of Alabama medical school in Birmingham until his death.
Dr. Wells was a native of Rockdale, Tex. He earned bachelor's and medical degrees at Baylor University and a doctorate in biochemistry at the university of Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife, Minnie E., of the home in Vestavia Hills, Ala.; two sons, Benjamin Jr., of Honolulu, and Howard, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a daughter, Flora W. Conley, of Fairfax, and four grandchildren.