Betty Wilkins, Law Library Director at the Gallagher Law Library (University of Washington School of Law) from 1982 to 1985 and Assistant and Associate Law Librarian from 1965 to 1982, died Monday April 26, 1999 following a short illness.
Betty was one of 17 law graduates of the UW class of 1938 and was in the first graduating class of the law librarianship program, finishing in 1940. She worked in the Law Library from 1938 to 1942 when she retired to raise her family. She practiced law from 1957 to 1965.
The headline in the Seattle paper in 1939 was "15 Men and Girl Admitted to Bar." Betty is quoted as saying, "Even if you don't intend to practice law, legal training can be valuable as background."
But, Betty did practice, and she did use her legal training in her years of work in the Gallagher Law Library.
During her work at UW, Betty was head of technical services and then public services. Betty probably hired more students and staff at Gallagher than any single librarian before or since. Over her 20 years of service, she worked as editor of the "Current Comments" column in the Law Library Journal and served as editor of the Current Publications in Legal and Related Fields.
Betty was one of those quiet workers who inspired excellence and dedication in others. She cared about people and the quality of life in the law library and law school.
Betty had a lot of class. I will miss her.
Betty's funeral service was held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church on Friday, April 30th. Betty is survived by her husband, Mr. Les Wilkins, 3 daughters and several grandchildren.
Penny A. Hazelton, Professor of Law and Law Librarian
Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library