Elizabeth S. Mayfield

Honored by:John Mayfield
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Elizabeth Stewart Mayfield is wife of John Mayfield, Professor at Iowa State University, and mother of Kate Mayfield and Margie Mayfield who grew up in Ames, IA.

Elizabeth Stewart Morrow was born in Gettysburg, PA April 5, 1941, the oldest of two children of Levinah Stewart Morrow and Seth Cook Morrow. Betsy grew up a "preachers kid" living in Gettysburg, PA, Pottsville, PA, Cumberland, MD, West Orange, NJ, and Lansing, MI. Betsy graduated from Wooster College, Wooster, OH with a major in English.

After college she embarked on a varied career which included teaching, congressional aid, acting, and college fund raising. In 1968, Betsy married John Mayfield, whom she first met at Wooster College. The couple lived in Pasadena, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, where their two children, Katherine (Kate) and Margaret (Margie) were born, and then in Ames, IA. Betsy has spent most of her adult life successfully juggling the responsibilities of motherhood, marriage, and career.

In Pittsburgh, Betsy began her long career in college fund raising, first with Carnegie-Mellon University, then for ten years with Iowa State University, and later with Trinity College in Burlington, VT, and Lebanese American University in New York City. While at Iowa State, Betsy played a primary role in the organization and establishment of Green Hills Retirement Community, and in the establishment of an organized tradition of giving to the College of Business, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Betsy's enthusiasm and energy are always an inspiration to her husband and her children. Her greatest legacy will be her confident, self reliant daughters. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to any mother is that her children consider her to be their best friend.

Submitted on 5/30/95