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Bettie Ferrell Clark '59 Music Scholarship Endowment Fund

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Bettie Ferrell Clark graduated from Woman’s College (now UNCG) with her degree in music in 1959. She enjoyed the cultural opportunities university life provided and remembers the thrill she felt during her freshman year when some of Picasso, Matisse, and other artists’ works were displayed in Elliott Hall. Her favorite teachers included Dr. Roeder, a biology teacher. She recalls a memorable outing with a group of biology majors, Drs. Cutter, Roeder, and Anderton to Beaufort, North Carolina for a weekend at the Duke Marine Biology Lab.

In the music department, she was fond of Mrs. Morgan, her piano teacher, and was in awe of Ms. Cowling, who studied cello with Pablo Casals. She remembers mad dashes, frequently with wet hair, from the gym to the music building for choir rehearsal. She loved being in “The King and I,” although she is not sure how she passed as a Siamese wife (one of many) since she is 5’10".

Right after college, Bettie worked in the music field. She worked for four years overseas at the US Embassy, The Hague and the US Consulate in Antwerp. After her first 14 years with the government, she worked briefly for Sarah McLendon’s News Service as a correspondent on Capitol Hill. She also attended art school off and on for a number of years and studied for one year at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. with Gene Davis. She painted off and on for years. She resumed her career with the government in 1980 working for the CIA. She retired in 1995 as a manager of information collection.

Bettie has pursued her interest in music by regularly attending concerts and the opera. She also attends the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., as well as other theaters in the area.

Bettie has been married to Robert “Bob” Clark for 25 years. He is an electrical engineer, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and retired from government work a year ago.