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Elizabeth Ann Powell ’50

Elizabeth Ann Powell ’50, June 17, 2003, in Newtown, Pennsylvania, following a long illness. After serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II, Betty attended Reed, the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and the American Art School, Columbia University, and Alfred University in New York. She earned a BFA in ceramic design and production, then did graduate work at Ohio State University and the University of Southern California. Her workas a ceramist connected her with Design Technics and Stangl Pottery, and with George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where she served as an instructor from 1961 to 1986 and as counselor and head of the fine arts department. In addition to ceramics, she enjoyed quilting, photography, painting, drawing, and illustration. Her work is found in the permanent collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the Georgia Norfolk Museum, and George School, and in private collections. Betty also wrote and illustrated several publications for the Bucks County Historical Society in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Additionally she volunteered with disadvantaged children and their families at Mercer Street Friends in Trenton, New Jersey. A Quaker and member of the Makefield Meeting House, Betty was a valued counselor and philosopher, who provided hope to the discouraged and made a positive mark on the lives of all she met. She is survived by her sister and extended family. Her brother, Cloan N. Powell ’51, also attended Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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