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Betty Crawford Ervin Fellowship in History Fund

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

Betty Crawford Ervin, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was a graduate of Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina Greensboro), Class of 1950 where she majored in history. She was active on campus, serving in many leadership capacities and was elected to Golden Chain. She spent her career as a public school teacher, where she taught high school social studies. Her generous service to her alma mater has continued through the years. She served as president of the Alumni Association and chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees. In 1992, she received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

In 1952, she married Sam J Ervin III, a veteran of WWII and graduate of Davidson and Harvard Law. He practiced law and later served for 20 years as a federal appellate court judge, during which time he was chief judge of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals for seven years. The Ervins made their home in Morganton, North Carolina, where he died in 1999. They were the parents of four children. Their daughter Betsy (UNCG ’79) majored in history and was also president of the UNCG Alumni Association; they were the first mother and daughter to both serve as association president.

Mrs. Ervin continues to live in Morganton and is active in every aspect of that community, including the First Presbyterian, hospice, the Democratic Party, and Residents Association of Grace Ridge Retirement Community. She served on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College.