Elizabeth Mae Gaylord Brown

Honored by:Louise B. Dengler
Brick location:F:22  map

Betty grew up in Des Moines and attended Iowa State.

The 1939 Bomb p 71 lists: "Betty M Gaylord, Des Moines, Industrial Economics, Delta Delta Delta; Cardinal Guild; Iowa State Daily Student ; Sketch sales manager; Green Gander editor; Bomb; Journalism "I"; Memorial Union Student Board; Industrial Science Council; Pep Club president; Veishea Central Committee; Life Member Memorial Union."

She married Frank E. Brown Jr. in 1940. When Frank left G.E. to form his own lighting company, Betty was a working partner. She was Secretary/ Treasurer of the Frank E. Brown Co. Inc. from 1949 until her death in 1988.

They had four children and five grandchildren. Betty was the heart of the home - she had a way with children. She took graduate work at Springfield MA College/ American International college, did considerable work in the Conn. School system for disadvantaged children. She was also active in church. She became interested in genealogy and was active in many genealogical societies. It is interesting she settled just across the river from where her immigrant ancestor settled in Windsor, CT. Her husband also had ancestors in that settlement. Small world!

Betty and I shared the joy of "digging up ancestors." We gypsied around Iowa and Illinois one summer but never did get our New England trip together. She was a joy to know and be with and was a credit to her Iowa roots. Mother and helpmate, business associate, genealogist and historian - she belongs in the roll call of Heroines!