Emeritus, In Memoriam
Betty Jane Wilhelm was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. The circumstances of her childhood are unknown, other than it she was raised by her great aunt, Elizabeth Shaefer.
Betty Jane went to the University of Wisconsin where she received her B.S. degree in Physical Education. She went to graduate school at the University of Michigan and attained her M.S. degree.
In 1961 Betty was appointed to a faculty position at San Diego State where she taught for 20 years in the Department of Physical Education. When she retired in 1980, she was given the status of Emeritus Assistant Professor in Physical Education.
Betty retired in San Diego but also spent time with her cousin Karen Ryer in Guerneville, CA. Betty passed away at the age of 80 in 2004.
Betty was an artist and collector of art, jewelry, and other displayable items. She passed on her collection to her cousin Karen in Guerneville. Karen was an attorney and is now a professional sculptor and has a gallery (Withywindle Gallery) in Guerneville where Betty’s collection is on display.