Alumnus of the Month: Betsy Walker ’93

February 13, 2014

Betsy Walker's time at Lees-McRae was a family experience. Both her parents worked for the College -- her father was a professor and her mother was a librarian -- and her siblings also went here!

Some of her favorite memories from Lees-McRae include time spent with her father. “I would have to say that serving in Order of the Tower (OT) with my Dad (Lewis Hall) was a highlight of my time at Lees-McRae. It was something I had hoped I would be able to do for a long time. As a child, I always enjoyed the Christmas Party that OT hosted for the children of faculty members. Planning and having that event, while serving as an OT member, is definitely one of my favorite memories.”

Betsy definitely contributes some of her current success to her time as a Bobcat. “When I started at Lees-McRae, I dreaded taking the required science classes. My experiences in high school science were not great, so I was very apprehensive about taking college-level science. Thankfully, Dr. Stewart Skeate helped to turn that around and I found a new love for science. A few semesters later, thanks to Dr. Philip Teagarden, I honed my love of science down to a love of microbiology. Since then I have earned a master’s degree in Microbiology and work in Laboratory Quality Assurance.”

When asked what advice she would give to current Lees-McRae students, two things came to mind. “First, don’t grow up too fast. The big ugly world is out there waiting -- it will be there soon enough and you can never go back. Enjoy the time you have to be a student at LMC and be adventurous! Second, never stop learning. Just because your “education” comes to an end, your learning should never cease.”

Betsy also feels it is important to give back to your alma mater. “I have been blessed to be a part of Lees-McRae for my entire life. We have to support the foundation that we have been given so that it can be passed along to future generations of students. That is the way a legacy is perpetuated... and Lees-McRae College is certainly a legacy worth building upon!”

Currently Betsy lives in Crossnore, NC with her husband David (also class of 1993). She works for a small company that manufactures media/solutions for biological testing. They have one daughter, Katherine, who is 24.

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Betsy Walker ’93