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In memoriam: Mrs. Betty Reagan.

Mrs. Betty Reagan, long-time South Carolina science teacher, SCJAS sponsor and educational leader, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at age 84 in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Wyatt McDaniel sent us the following narrative that we feel will serve as a very fitting eulogy for our departed colleague:

Betty was a stanchion of the scientific world. She taught chemistry for years at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, SC. Respected by her students, she was the mentor for other science teachers in SC and around the country. Many, like I, came to the classroom from college, full of knowledge and ready to spread it. It took Betty Regan to show us what it meant to be a TEACHER. She was the example of what had to be done, and blazed the path others eagerly followed. Always abreast of the latest developments, Betty was awarded every distinction afforded to teachers, from local teacher of the year to recognition by the President of the United States for Excellence in Science Teaching. An original founder of the South Carolina Science Council, Betty declared it an imperative for teachers to have a forum to share innovative ideas for the classroom. The organization has grown to be one of the most recognized such chapters of the National Science Teacher's Association. Personally, I was one of her helpers in this effort. Her goals were so high and her vision so far reaching that I would sometimes just say, "Betty, I don't know how we are going to get this done." Her reply: "Just DO IT!"--Betty's exclamation of the early 70's, long before it ever appeared on a T-shirt.

Loving wife and mother, revered teacher, mover, shaker, up-lifter of people, Betty Reagan enhanced every life she touched. Her spirit lives in those lives long past her own.

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Publication:Newsletter of the South Carolina Academy of Science
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2011
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