SSU Grad Still Serving the Public Good at 80
Betty Kehl Richardson graduated in the first class of bachelor's degree nurses at Sangamon State (now UIS). She went on to earn many graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in psychology and mental health. Throughout her life, she has demonstrated an amazing heart for service, and at 80, she's still going strong.
A Red Cross volunteer, Betty was recently deployed to Chico, California, to work with the Paradise fire survivors. She's also a docent at her state history museum (Texas) and a Rotarian. When her son Mark died on 2017, she set up a memorial fund in his name which she uses to supply books, bookshelves and computers for a grade school in Reynosa, Mexico. In the picture, she is delivering pen pal letters from the Reynosa school to students at a school in Austin, her home, who will write letters in return. "There are so many things to do to be of service to others," she says.
Looking at what Betty has accomplished for the Public Good in her life, no wonder UIS remains committed to developing a heart for the public good in students.
The Public Good…because we are all on this journey together.