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Professor Dorothy M. Betz: In Memoriam

It has been a sad academic year at Georgetown, with the passing of many of our colleagues. Most recently Professor Dorothy M. Betz of the French Department passed away quite suddenly. My friend and colleague, Howard Spendelow, brought this obituary from today’s Washington Post to my attention. As the article notes, Dorothy was a mainstay of the University Faculty Senate. Whenever we would have meetings of the Main Campus Caucus, she would take notes and assure that the had refreshments to keep us going. She was a fixture at Georgetown and will be greatly missed.

Dorothy M. Betz Georgetown Associate Professor

Dorothy M. Betz, 70, who had been a Georgetown University associate professor of French, died April 13 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County of a torn aorta. She was a McLean resident.

Dr. Betz joined the Georgetown faculty in 1972 and had served as secretary of the faculty senate and as vice president of the Georgetown chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

She published articles in scholarly journals, particularly on leading French authors of the 19th and 20th century. She was associate editor of Romance Quarterly, a scholarly journal on Romance languages and literature.

Dorothy Marshall was born in Washington and raised in Prince George’s County. She was a 1957 graduate of Bladensburg High School. She won an academic scholarship to George Washington University, where she graduated in 1961. Later that decade, she received a master’s degree and a doctorate in French from Cornell University.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Paul F. Betz of McLean, a Georgetown professor emeritus of English. He said that his wife’s last words as she was wheeled into the operating room were: “The midterm exams for my intermediate French students are on the desk at home. Take them in tomorrow and administer them to my students.”

The last line says it all.

Our prayers go out to her husband, Paul.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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