USN remembers Betty Werthan

A noted and long revered parent of alumni who shepherded the school through its transition from Peabody Demonstration School to University School of Nashville died on May 18, 2020.
In 1974, when Betty Werthan learned of Peabody College’s plans to close its Dem School, she and husband Bernard Werthan Jr. gathered like-minded parents around their dining room table on a Saturday morning. This Transition Committee of parents later leveraged their homes to purchase the school and shape it as a new entity yet still connected to its educational roots.

Their humility should continue to inspire our steps, but it carries the risk of their signal accomplishment being lost in the mists of time and current day urgency,” Director Vince Durnan wrote in a 2017 column. “When the Werthans and their compatriots came back to USN for visits, I could not help asking if we’d become what they hoped we would, and they invariably answered that they could not have imagined where we are today—deftly turning the spotlight away from them and toward us.”

Betty remained connected with the school over decades since the graduation of her children (Betsy Werthan Schwartz '75, Kay Werthan '78, Tim Werthan '80, Tony Werthan '83) as an Emeritus Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees and generous benefactor, even after her last breath. Click here to read her obituary in The Tennessean.
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