Alberta "Betty" Tipton

This is an unofficial and belated celebration of the life of Alberta "Betty" Tipton R.T. (R.) who passed away last February 15, 2012. Betty was born in Coal Junction, PA (Somerset County) to Clyde & Alverta Tipton.

Although Betty always celebrated her birthday as August 31, 1924, but due to a clerical error it was officially noted in the official records as September 1, 1924. Betty graduated from Boswell High School in 1942 (Boswell, PA). While little is known of her younger years, Betty was working at the Knitting Mill and later Therm-O-Disc in Mansfield, OH when she met Berdie Brumenschenkel and shared 63-glorious years as lifetime friends. It was reported that Betty had attended Temple University with her original aspirations of becoming a nurse. But her career path changed in approximately 1963 when she moved to the Akron area and began her long and illustrious professional career in the field of Radiologic Technology.

In addition to initially taking radiographs (x-rays), Betty also assisted in therapeutic and humanitarian radiation therapy for cancer patients. During the late 1960's and early 1970's Betty had her biggest influence by training dozens of young people to become Radiographers at Akron City Hospital (ACH -Akron) and at Robinson Memorial Hospital (Ravenna 1971-1973). After her second stint as a radiologic educator at Akron City Hospital (1973-1975), Betty made her final career move to Massillon Community Hospital (MCH) in 1975 where she took the reins as the Radiology Department Director. Retiring from MCH in 1984, Betty kept active for many years by traveling around the world and serving as President of her condominium association.

Although her passing was unceremoniously quiet, as a former graduate of her Radiography classes, I cannot overstate the positive impact that she had not just on me, but also the contribution of the other radiologic professionals she touched who in turn provided medical health services to countless numbers of patients utilizing NEO hospitals. Betty was an inspiration to all that knew her for her wisdom, strength, and never-ending care for others. She is and will be very fondly missed.

(RC 2-17-13)

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