Betty Bethell

Familiar face retires

(September 9, 1999, Gazette)

A familiar face at Memorial's Harlow campus has moved on to better things. Betty Bethell joined the staff at Harlow in 1972 as a clerical assistant and in 1976 was promoted to financial assistant and bursar. In 1980 she ran the administration office on a temporary basis, taking over the post full time in 1984.

"For the last 27 years, she has worked tirelessly, in one capacity or another, for the good of the campus, its students, faculty and staff," said David Wright, chairman of Harlow's board of trustees. "The 3,000 people who have come to Harlow during this period of time will have had their stay at the campus made all the more comfortable due to her unstinting hard work on their behalf.

"Nothing has ever been too much trouble for her to make our visitors welcome in, for many case, a strange country and their first time away from home for any length of time."

Mr. Wright said the growth of the campus, particularly over the last nine years, has put a great deal of extra work on Ms. Bethell and her staff.

"Her leadership and attention to detail has enabled the campus to provide for the university an invaluable resource, which throughout Betty's time with us has operated within its budget and given value for money," said Mr. Wright.

"It is thanks to Betty's unstinting devotion to her duties over such a long period of time, that the campus has become known as the jewel in the university's crown."

Although she officially retired June 30, Ms. Bethell stayed on at Harlow in an advisory capacity until the end of August to help her successor Karen Cracknell settle in as manager.