Betty Pothast

Honored by:Jean Grant and Ann Pothast
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Betty Bradley Pothast was born November 30, 1928, in Omaha, NE.

Living her first few years in Nebraska, she moved to Red Oak, IA, in 1936 and lived there until 1950. She graduated from Red Oak High School in 1946 and enrolled at the former Iowa State College in the fall of 1946, majoring in home economics education.

Following her graduation, she was employed as county extension home economist in Cass County and Clay County in Iowa and in Prowers County in Colorado.

For many years she was a wife, mother and homemaker in Clay County, Spencer, Iowa, where she assisted her husband in a farming operation and raising purebred swine for breeding purposes.

In 1974, she was employed by Iowa Lakes Community College as a learning center coordinator and GED instructor and college instructor, and is continuing in this position after 21 years.

Always active in 4-H, she judges county fairs in both the open class and 4-H divisions. She also substitutes at area high schools.

Continuing her education, she has taken many hours of graduate courses from Iowa State University, University of South Dakota, and Drake University.

I take my greatest pride in my family and children. My husband, Norman Pothast, has farmed for over 40 years and resides on a farm with me near Spencer, IA. We have three children: Jean Silverman, graduate of SDSU and a pharmacist in PA; Grant Pothast, graduate of ISU in AH and MA from Michigan and in financial work in Chicago; Ann Pothast, graduate of ISU in El.Ed and presently enrolled in graduate college at ISU in College of Education. My husband, Norman, is also an alumni of ISU in Farming Operations Program.