Betty Dickens Whitis ’53
Betty Dickens Whitis ’53 passed away Oct. 5 in Lampasas. She taught for over 50 years in Texas public schools, retiring in Dec. 2011 from Lampasas ISD. After short stints in Belton and Victoria, she taught music at West Oaks Elementary (now Kline Whitis Elementary) before moving to the high school where she finished out her career teaching choir and music history. She created the choral program at Lampasas High School and assisted in presenting district-wide music festivals where more than 1,000 students were involved. During her career, she upgraded the school district’s music program, including arranging for Lampasas ISD to host the UIL Regional Choir Contest. Betty and her husband were longtime members of First Presbyterian Church, which her family helped establish. They directed the youth group, and she presented an organ and piano program of Christmas music annually for the past 25 years. Betty is a recipient of the Lamar Medal of Excellence in Education from Saratoga Masonic Lodge in Lampasas. In addition, she was named Spring Ho Grand Parade Marshal in 2007. She was a longtime member of Oak Hill Cemetery Association where she served as chairman for more than 20 years.