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Betty Kaplan Lakey MALS ’79

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 2, 1933, Betty passed away two weeks after her 82nd birthday, with her husband of 63 years and her son, Bill, at her side.

Betty received her bachelor’s degree in home economics and teaching from the University of Wyoming in 1966 while raising five children. She taught middle school in Montana and began a new career in the food industry when they moved to Gladstone, Oregon, in 1974 after her husband, Richard, retired from the Air Force. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies at Reed in 1979, and then earned her credentials as a registered dietician, working as a consultant in the food industry until her retirement in 1995. She and Dick then traveled through North America and Mexico in their RV, until they moved to Rose Villa in Milwaukie in 2000. They continued to travel the world for the next 10 years.

Her husband and children, Bill, Becky, and Casey (daughter-in-law Jenny), and seven grandchildren survive Betty.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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