WESTFIELD, NJ – If anyone can be described as a human dynamo, it would be Elizabeth List, known as Betty. Born in Orange in 1926, she graduated with honors from East Orange High School and in 1948 from Bucknell with degrees in French and chemistry.
She met Robert E. List at university and married him in 1952. They had two children, Robert and Karen. Her professional career began in advertising in New York with Young & Rubicam. She also worked as a lead fundraiser with Charles H. Bentz Associates in Westfield from 1977 to 1990.
A 60-year-long resident of Westfield, Betty was a warm, caring woman with a ready smile and an optimistic outlook. She was an active philanthropist and devoted public official, serving three terms on the Westfield Town Council and as the town’s historian.
She served as chair of the Westfield Planning Board for four years and as committee head in the judging of Westfield homes for the Harry Devlin Historic Preservation Award.
Betty was the chair of the Westfield Public Safety Council and active in Republican politics. She held leadership and fundraising positions volunteering with DARE, Westfield Municipal Alliance, the Citizens Advisory Chair Committee on Youth, Juvenile Conference Committee, Wallace Foundation, the YMCA/YWCA and the United Way of Westfield. She served on the Mayor’s Cultural and Beautification Committee for seven years.
Betty was honored many times including receiving the Westfield Chamber of Commerce Community Service award and the Pride Award from the College Woman’s Club. She was a recipient of The Rotary Club of Westfield’s annual Charles P. Bailey Humanitarian Award in 2005.
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield was important to her. She served as a deacon and a trustee, taught Sunday school, ushered, and was active in the worship committee.
As a leader in the Westfield school system, she was a former president of the parent-teacher council, Wilson School PTA, and Westfield High School PTA. She was a former board member and trustee of the College Woman’s Club, The Garden Club of Westfield, the Westfield Service League, United Fund of Westfield, and chair of the Westfield Historic Preservation Commission.
Predeceased by her husband, Betty died at home on August 14, 2017, surrounded by her family.