Alumna Betty R. Johnston, recently of Lubbock, TX recently passed away but not before she designated the TWU Alumni Association, through the TWU Foundation, as the recipient of a significant part of her estate. Betty believed that her Alma Mater and the education that it provided had a significant impact on her life and her ability to create a career path. She has entrusted the Association to use the $1.6 million estate gift to have the greatest impact on the university and its students. She was a life member of the Association.
A graduate of the class of 1947 from when Texas Woman’s University was known as the Texas State College for Women, Johnston received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and also completed a master’s degree. She served her country, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army, then completed a long career with the government in the biological warfare assessment laboratories at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.
An avid golfer and traveler, Johnston combined these passions after her retirement by traveling with friends and playing at golf courses around the globe. She loved to stay in hostels to experience the culture of the country she was visiting in a way she felt could not be found in a traditional hotel.
TWU Alumni Association President, Juanita Dueñez-Lazo said, “Betty was the epitome of a TWU True Pioneer. She embodied all of the qualities of a dedicated alumna, and we are grateful for her generous gift.” A committee, guided by the Association’s gift oversight policy, will determine the best way to use the funds to honor the memory of Betty R. Johnston.