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SSW Remembers Professor Emerita Betty Milhendler
Published on December 9, 2010
Professor Emerita Betty Milhendler passed away December 7, 2010 at the age of 87. Ms. Milhendler joined the School of Social Work in 1962. With a focus on social work practice and casework, Ms. Milhendler served as assistant professor from 1962 to 1969 and associate professor from 1969 until her 1983 retirement, where she was named professor emerita.
“Betty was a remarkably energetic woman who delighted in talking with her colleagues and teaching students,” said Dean Gail Steketee. “She especially enjoyed the benefits of dance and helped others understand this in the context of social work. She attended our annual faculty emeriti cookout this past August and engaged in excited conversation, even as she was already very ill. We will miss her very much.”
After her retirement from Boston University, Milhendler joined the Prometheus Dance Elders Ensemble and was featured in a 2008 Boston Globe article that discussed her second career. The ensemble, made up of dancers between the ages of 55 and 85, is a paid, professional dance group that performs throughout Massachusetts.
Milhendler, of Cambridge, graduated from Ohio University in 1945.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of condolence can be sent to:
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
1055 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Ohio University Foundation
Betty Milhendler Award, School of Dance
P.O. Box 869
Athens, OH 45701
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139