LONGTIME TEACHER BLANCHE BETTINGTON.
CANOGA PARK - Former Canoga Park High School teacher Blanche Wadleigh Bettington died Thursday at Brockman Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 99.
Bettington began teaching social studies at Owensmouth High School, now Canoga Park High School, in 1923. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she also taught for many years at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles. She retired in 1966.
``She was one of a kind, brilliant. She loved kids,'' said Harriet Perl, a retired English teacher from Hamilton High School. ``Kids used to fight to get into her classes. She taught her kids to be responsible citizens and to be participatory Americans.''
Perl added, ``She was a fighting, liberal Democrat and a patriot in the real sense of the word. It's an old cliche, but when she was made they threw the mold away.''
Bettington lived for many years in Van Nuys until relocating to Brentwood in 1975.
Among Bettington's many students over the years was Rep. Howard Berman, D-Mission Hills, who had been a student at Hamilton High School.
She was born July 13, 1901, in Quebec, Canada. She was married to Randall John Bettington. They had no children.
Bettington is survived by two nephews, Henry and James Wadleigh; three grandnephews, David, Daniel and Douglas; and one grandniece, Dana.
A private funeral is being planned.
Retired teacher Blanche Wadleigh Bettington has a few words with former student Hubert Troth during a 1999 class reunion.
Lilly Barrett/Special to the Daily News
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|Date:||Mar 2, 2001|
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