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Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45

Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45, October 6, 2014, in Portland. Betty was a lifelong resident of Portland and at age 10 was selected to be a Junior Rose Festival Princess. She spent 12 summers as a bugler and camp counselor at Camp Namanu—established by the Camp Fire Girls organization on the Sandy River. On a counselors’ retreat at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether in 1941, she met Thomas L. Golding, whom she married in Reed’s Eliot Hall chapel in 1946. (During their courtship, Tom was stationed in Europe with the army medical corps during World War II, and they affirmed their connection through an exchange of hundreds of letters.) Betty earned a BA from Reed in sociology and history Her thesis, “A Study of the Relationship between Attitudes and Information about the Japanese in America,” was written with Prof. Gwynne Nettler [sociology 1944–45]. Betty and Tom had a son and two daughters and enjoyed camping trips together in the summer and skiing in the winter. They provided a home centered in love, joy, and encouragement. In the ’60s, Betty returned to school to earn a teaching certificate. She taught social studies at Wilson High School in Portland for 17 years, and prepared students for participation in Youth Legislature, Model UN, and mock trial competitions. She led students on American Heritage trips to the East Coast and to Europe. She volunteered with the League of Women Voters throughout her adult life, and also supported the Audubon Society, Portland area Camp Fire, the Mount Hood Ski Patrol, and CASA. She enjoyed time with grandchildren, duplicate bridge, bird watching, quilting, and the luxury of working in her garden on a warm spring day. Tom died in 2002 and a daughter died in 2007. Survivors include a son and daughter, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Betty’s aunt, Elizabeth Havely Williston ’17, also graduated from Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2015

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