F. Elizabeth (Betty) Moody, died at St. Luke’s Nursing home in Oswego March 20, 2018. Born in Penn Yan, Sept. 29, 1932 to Rebecca and James Moody, she was their second daughter. Betty graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1950, and then attended the State University at Geneseo, where she graduated in 1954 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.
Following her graduation from college, she accepted an elementary teaching position in her hometown. Two years later she became an elementary teacher in Canandaigua, where she had student taught. In 1959, Betty left teaching to enroll in a Master’s Degree Program in Supervision and Administration at Syracuse University. While she was enrolled at Syracuse University, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Elementary Education Department. Betty received her Master’s Degree in 1961. She was employed by the Liverpool Central School District from 1960–1964 and 1966–1968 in various positions in the schools of the district: elementary teacher, reading teacher for grades K-6 and Instructional Consultant in both the elementary and middle school (grades 6-8). During the years 1964–1966 and 1968–1969 Betty was enrolled at the University of Rochester in an NDEA Fellowship Program in Educational Psychology.
She received her Doctorate in June 1969.
From 1969–1971 Betty was employed by the Eastern Regional Institute for Education in Syracuse as the Coordinator of the Professional Development Component, and in this capacity, was responsible for supervising professional staff members who were developing protocol materials and conducting workshops for those teachers involved in the installation of process curricula in the elementary school.
In September 1971, Betty became a member of the teaching faculty of the elementary education department at the State University of Oswego. She became chair of this department in 1976, and continued in that position until 1980, when she became Associate Dean of the Division of Professional Studies. In 1985, Betty became the Dean of the Division. She retired from the College at Oswego in January of 1993.
During her years of employment at the college level, in addition to serving on many departmental, division, and all-college committees, Betty co-authored several articles, made numerous presentations to both state and national education groups, attended numerous state and national professional development clinics and seminars, and served as an officer of both state and national organizations.
Betty was recognized by her initiation into honor societies, by being named an NDEA and Danforth Fellow and by her citations in the following publications: “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who Among American Women,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “Outstanding Educators of America,” “Dictionary of International Biography,”and “Leaders in Education.”
During her retirement years, Betty was a “snowbird” spending half the year in Oswego,and half the year in Sun City Center, Fla. where she owned a home with her good friend, Constance Bond. In Sun City Center, she enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, and working on the Emergency Squad and Security Patrol. Betty also liked to travel, visit with family and friends, attend plays and musical performances, take bird watching trips, and read.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, Rebecca and James Moody; sister, Rebecca Andersen; nephew, Dale Andersen; aunts, Florence Ratcliffe and Edith Hartley; cousins James Ratcliffe, Florence Hartley, Edith Murphy, and Frances McGill; her very dear friend Constance Bond; and her much beloved Bichon Frise, Bonnie.
Betty is survived by her nephew Dale’s wife, Christine of Penn Yan; nephew, David Andersen of Penn Yan; great nephew, James Andersen and his wife, Amy; and their son, Matthew, and daughter, Sarah of Canandaigua; great nephew, Jeremy Andersen, his wife, Kathleen; and their son, Connor of Penn Yan; numerous cousins in Scotland and England; and several good friends.
As Betty requested, there will be no viewing or memorial service. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Penn Yan at the convenience of the family.
Gift’s in Betty’s memory may be made to the Geneseo Foundation, SUNY at Geneseo, New York; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.