Retired educator bequeaths $160,000 to Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College has received a bequest of $160,000 from the estate of Mary E. "Betty" (Shaub) Baldwin, a graduate of the Class of 1949 and a long-time elementary school teacher in the Red Lion School District. The gift will be used to enhance the educational experience at the highly selective liberal arts college.

"By her example, Betty Baldwin demonstrated a tremendous passion for education and for civic involvement," said President Janet Morgan Riggs '77.  "The College is deeply grateful to her for her generous gift and we will honor her legacy by continuing to educate and prepare students for lives of great purpose."

As an undergraduate, Betty was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and participated on the women's track team. Just two months prior to her death in August 2009, Betty visited the Gettysburg campus with friends to mark the 60th reunion of the Class of 1949. She was a proud member of the Heritage Society-Gettysburgians who have celebrated a 50th reunion-and the 1832 Society, a group of visionary individuals who have provided for the education of future generations of Gettysburg College students through their estate plans.

Betty (Shaub) Baldwin was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Richard H. Baldwin. The two met as teachers in the Red Lion School District and spent their careers there. Richard retired in 1973 and Betty in 1985. Both were active in numerous community organizations throughout York County. Betty was past president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a prestigious honor society of women educators promoting professional development and excellence in education.

Born April 12, 1927 in Black Lick, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Paul D. and Elisabeth B. Shaub. Betty's father, also a Gettysburgian and member of the Class of 1919, attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. F. William Sunderman, whose bequest established the College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

Learn more about the 1832 Society or call 717-337-6483.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Sue Baldwin-Way, director of development communications

Posted: Thu, 9 Jun 2011

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