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    Sep 23, 2021, 2:00 PM Europe/London

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OBITUARY
A Tribute to Betty Wood (February 23, 1945—September 3, 2021)   Betty Wood was singular. In every way. Betty was born during the final year of WWII while her father was away fighting in the Allied Forces, returning later to secure employment as a Railway Guard. Betty’s first years were spent at a farm cottage on Hunworth Green, Norfolk. The family drew their supply of water from a well because the cottage lacked indoor plumbing. From...  see more
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  • Susan Ridyard
    I only found out about this site from Lynda a couple of days ago, and maybe a word from one of the many Girton undergraduates she supported won't be entirely out of place.

    Sadly, I'd been out of touch with Betty for many years, pretty much since I...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    Holding Betty in my heart today
    On this her day of Birth
    23 February 1945
  • Lynda Coon
    Hello, Dear Friends of the Most Amazing Betty Wood. Lynda Coon here. I am at the AHA in New Orleans. I see that the AHA has cancelled the SAT session in Honor is our beloved Betty and Sylvia. I would love to meet up with any of you who are here. Just let...  more
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    • Lynda Coon
      Heidi Voskuhl I miss Betty, too! I'm in Philly. The situation up here was getting increasingly worse over the last weeks, with all services disrupted often and an unclear public health situation. Am thinking of all of you, and of Betty. Post pictures, as you can and...  more
      • Jan 7
  • Lorna McNeur
    GUARDIAN OBITUARY FOR BETTY: BEN MARSH - Published 14 Oct 2021
    Tony Badger started the process for the Guardian Obituary and Ben picked it up and took it to completion in the following way. Many thanks Ben and Tony ! The Guardian was Betty's favourite...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    BETTY LECTURING VIDEO on "Africans in America" (You Tube)
    Many Thanks for this link Kelly Rhodes (Betty's neice-in-law)
    01:37:42
    Excerpts from an interview conducted for the 1998 series "Africans in America," featuring historian Betty Wood, who talks about the attitudes and roles played of colonists, slaves and the English as pertaining to the institution of slavery and the America...
  • Heidi Voskuhl
    Ah, I found the pictures of my MPhil graduation celebrations in Cambridge, October 1995. I knew I had them somewhere. Betty got to meet my mother's family (my mother had just died) and other Cambridge friends. I was so glad she could join us.
  • Lorna McNeur
    Betty’s Virtual WAKE (bring a nibble & a drink of whatever you wish)
    Thursday 30 Sept at (9.30pm UK BST) (4.30pm EST) (3.30 CST) (2.30 PST)
    ZOOM LINK INCLUDED BELOW

    Following Betty's virtual funeral last week:
    We thought that it might be nice to have...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    Betty's Funeral and Reception

    Dear All,

    I attended Betty’s funeral last week on Thursday and was deeply touched by the service and reception.

    Phil and Rosie gave Betty a truly grand Send Off, in the stunningly beautiful Crematorium garden grounds,...  more
  • Dorothy Thompson
    Finally I am able to post three snaps of Betty in December 1978 in Egypt. The first is of her with our local (uninvited but charming) guide and two fellow travellers in Thebes on Christmas Day, while walking over from the Valley of the Kings to that of...  more
  • Mairi Cooper
    Hello All...I am Mairi, Jim and Sheila Cooper's daughter.

    When we arrived in Cambridge in 1976 on Guy Fawkes Day, I met Betty Wood. In my world, she was already a legend, as she was such an important friend to my mother. However, that evening on Jesus...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    NO FLOWERS FOR THE FUNERAL please:
    DONATIONS FOR CATS in lieu of flowers for the funeral. Betty loved cats and fostered nine cats with the Blue Cross. The family prefers donations to cat charities like Blue Cross or Cats Protection League in the UK;...  more
  • Lynda Coon
    Join us a week from today, 2 p.m. UK time, for a virtual memorial in honor of our beloved friend Betty. A second session to follow a week later.

    Here is the Zoom link:
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting URL: ...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    I will be attending Betty's funeral on the day.
    Warmest wishes and much love to you all, in these sad times.

    Thank you so much for all of your amazing expressions of love and admiration for dear Betty. I think Betty would be absolutely amazed by it all,...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    VIRTUAL MEMORIAL GATHERING TOGETHER
    At the same time as Betty's funeral?
    Perhaps here on this website, if possible?
    Or if not, then on a zoom platform?

    Just a quiet informal gathering together?
    Speaking or reading a few words if you wish.

    Would this...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    ARRANGEMENTS FOR BETTY's FUNERAL
    The Service is on Thursday 23 September at 2pm

    Although there will not be zoom at Betty's funeral
    Guests are welcome to come to the Service

    Woodlands Crematorium
    Brumby Wood Lane
    Scunthorpe DN17 1SP

    Tel. 01724...  more
  • Lynda Coon
    Peering back through time. Happy trip to Whitby. Left to right: Betty, Elizabeth, Birgit, Heidi, Margaret, and Suzanne. Such a great trip!
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    • Lynda Coon
      Heidi Voskuhl That was an epic trip. Big yes to retracing our steps from August 1995. (I was a freshly minted MPhil.)
      • September 17, 2021
  • Heidi Voskuhl
    In Betty's garden: Betty, Lynda, myself. 1993/94, I'd say. As Lynda says, so many memories swirling around 103 Chesterton Rd, and so many so formative for many of us. I'd like to add that it seems like I'm retracing many of Betty's steps in my life. Did...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    TONY BADGER'S OBITUARY FOR BETTY

    Dr Betty Wood who died in Cambridge on the 3rd September transformed the study of Early American History in Cambridge and the United Kingdom.

    The Harvard historian, Bernard Bailyn, visiting Britain for the Ford...  more
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    • Lorna McNeur
      Lynda Coon Brilliant and fitting tribute to a singular practitioner of the historical craft.
    • Lorna McNeur
      Heidi Voskuhl That's exactly what I thought. How remarkable, everything about her life. I was very fortunate to share a meal or two with Betty and Sylvia in Chesterton Road, when Sylvia was visiting to plan the Tulane Cambridge project. It was such as blessing for me...  more
      • September 15, 2021
  • Tim Wood
    Sophie meeting her great Aunty Betty for the 1st time..
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  • Lynda Coon
    Church in Hunworth, North Norfolk, Betty's birth town. Photo Courtesy of Phillip Wood.
  • Tamzin  Hand
    Such lovely tributes and memories to be able to read about my Aunty Betty 💗
  • Lynda Coon
    Cottage in Hunworth where Betty and Phillip grew up until the mid-1950s. Courtesy of Phillip Wood.
  • Gideon Mailer
    3 Hour Class on Freedom and Unfreedom in Virginia, tonight in Duluth, Minnesota. As you can see on the projector, we began by dedicating the class to Betty, whom they now know in spirit. :)
  • Dorothy Thompson
    There is now an obituary up on the website of the History Faculty website in Cambridge:

    See: https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/news/betty-wood-obituary
  • Lynda Coon
    Good times at the Three Horseshoes, Madingley. Left to right: Lynda Coon, Tricia O'Brien, Suzanne Maberry, Betty Wood. Photographer: Michael O'Brien.
  • Heidi Voskuhl
    Thank you so much for the obituary, Lynda. Beautiful. I can just hear Betty's voice, telling me, the German, off for being too fussy. Always rightfully so.
  • Lorna McNeur
    The messages that I have posted below were written to Betty, by you all, in her last days, to be read to her by her bedside.
    I was able to do this, whilst she listened, quietly smiling with her eyes closed. And when she became too tired, I gave her your...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - CATHERINE CLINTON
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dearest Betty

    Since we first met more than 40 years ago, You have been such a shining example of intellect, mentoring, friendship, integrity and most of all, enjoyment....  more
  • Mary Beth Norton
    Betty in March 2019, the last time I saw her. MBN
  • Mary Beth Norton
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - DOROTHY THOMPSON
    01 September 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dear Betty,

    We’re told you are receiving letters so John and I wanted to write to send you some happy memories and wish you well on your present journey. It’s probably...  more
  • Philip Wood
  • Lorna McNeur
    Betty at home in January 2019
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - MARY BETH NORTON
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dearest Betty,

    Think of how we enjoyed those scalloped oysters for breakfast in Williamsburg years ago! These days I am eating oysters here on Martha’s Vineyard, though...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - KRISTIN BRILL
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dear Betty,

    I feel so lucky to have been your final PhD student. You pushed me to do my best, while always being kind and supportive. I hope to one day be a teacher like that to...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - CAROL BERKIN
    01 September 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dear Betty,
    All of us who know you are thinking of you. Not just because of your fine scholarship— your book on the origins of American slavery and on slavery in colonial...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    Betty at home in February 2019
    She was poorly during these days but despite numerous hospital tests,
    no obvious problems were identified. These were worrying times.
    We would meet up once a week for dinner and a video,
    usually about African American or...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM LYNDA COON
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dear Betty:

    Lorna has told me of your health situation. I am devasted by this news. You are an amazing role model to this American, who has--and continues to have--benefitted...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - TRICIA O'BRIAN
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    "Dear Betty, sending you lots of love and remembering all our good times in Cambridge, drinking lots of red wine and listening to you and Mike excoriating the history...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - HEIDI VOSKUHL
    31 August 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    "Dear Betty: German Heidi here. I ended up become an American, and that is in large part due to you. Can you believe it? Unforgettable moments in your house. They left the...  more
  • Sarah Pearsall
    Hi Betty, Thanks so much for being a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend for so many years! I learned so much from you when I first studied early American history with you in the 1990s—a long time ago, but I remember those meetings in your smoky...  more
  • Lynda Coon
    To know Betty is the know Scunthorpe United F.C.
  • Lynda Coon
    In the 1950s, Betty's family moved from a farm cottage in Hunworth to Melton Constable, Norfolk. Betty and I enjoyed visiting medieval sites in North Norfolk. I only wish I had gone to this late 11th-century beauty in her home town. Heidi, are you on for...  more
  • Gideon Mailer
    I wrote the following that Lorna kindly read to Betty: "Remember Betty - you are immortal. Across the world your Magnolia Mafia expands and grows like flowers in late Spring in Georgia."

    Here are some pics I found. The first is I think from 2012, when...  more
  • Lynda Coon
    So many memories swirling around 103 Chesterton Road, Cambridge
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    • Lynda Coon
      Heidi Voskuhl Thank you so much for finding that picture. Indeed, so, so many memories of absolutely formative years, for so many of us. Should we post the picture of the you, Betty, and myself being young and all, in her garden?
    • Lynda Coon
      Lorna McNeur Yes please
      • September 14, 2021
  • Ben Marsh
  • Ben Marsh
    It's wonderful to see all these pictures and memories of dear Betty. I am so sad that COVID's striking in 2020 made it impossible to meet up with her during my research leave, and that she rather dropped out of email communications, but I have such a...  more
    • Ben Marsh
      Ben Marsh Also, as an example of what I was talking about, here's a quote from an email to me from Betty ahead of that session (which I think included talks from Sylvia, Mary Beth, and Catherine) in September 2016: "pps Latest update: had lunch with Syl and Mary B...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    Many messages flooded in last week for me to read to Betty in Addenbrooks, ranging from one or two sentences, to a few paragraphs. I will be uploading some, to get the ball rolling, and am hoping that other folks will be brave and post theirs too. ...  more
  • Lorna McNeur
    MESSAGE FROM - ANDREW PRESTON
    02 Sept 2021 (written to Betty in hospital)

    Dear Lorna,
    My apologies for writing you out of the blue like this, but I was told you're the person to write if I want to get a message through to Betty. I'd tried many times,...  more
  • Lynda Coon
    Lovely tribute to Betty on the Girton College Cambridge WWW site:

    https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/betty-wood-1945-2021