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Mader, Betty Nelson (1910-2003) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Mader, Betty Nelson (1910-2003)


Historical Note:

Betty Mader (formally Betty Nelson) was born Nov, 30. 1910, in Guymon, Okla., to Edward A. and Alta B. Denning Nelson.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Panhandle State University in 1930 and did graduate work at Texas Tech University and the University of Nebraska.  She married Ernest Lee Mader on May 17, 1937, in Goodwell, Okla.  She moved to Manhattan in 1948.  Dr. Mader received his bachelors and masters degrees from Oklahoma State University from the University of Nebraska.  He taught Panhandle State University (1936-39) at Texas Technological University (1939-47).  He was a professor of agronomy at Kansas State University from 1948-1982.  The Mader Scholarship in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Mader has been established with the K-State Foundation.

Betty Mader, a retired teacher, taught speech, English and history in Texas and Oklahoma.  She traveled with her husband to Tirupati, India and she taught at Sri Venkatiswara University for two years.  She also worked in Indonesia, the Phillipines, Cameroon, and Uganda, Africa.  She served as the first president of the United Methodist Women at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas.  She was a member and officer of the American Association of University Women.  The Maders have two daughters, Billie Jean Michaud and Barbara Lea Conner.




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