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Dr. Betty J. Boyd-Beu and Edwin G. Beu Jr. Scholarship

Dr. Betty J. Boyd-Beu

Betty J. Boyd-Beu was born May 14, 1917, in Fresno, California, to Isaac and Sarah Glenn. She was the first of seven children. When she began her career in civil service, her adventurous nature prompted her to accept a job offer in Washington D.C. which led to assignments in Bermuda and then Honolulu. In 1945, she met and married Keith F. Boyd. They endured the treacherous Alcan Highway to reach Alaska where they homesteaded 40 acres in Wasilla. In 1995, she married Edwin G. Beu Jr.

Dr. Boyd-Beu became the education officer at Elmendorf Air Force Base. She devoted 32 years to the Air Force. She worked with William Wood to establish the first classes offered by the University of Alaska at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Dr. Boyd-Beu was both a lifetime educator and student, receiving her bachelor’s, master’s, Ed.D. and, at the age of 75, her doctorate in education. Dr. Boyd-Beu taught 15 semesters as an adjunct faculty member at Matanuska-Susitna College from 1998 to 2002.

Dr. Boyd-Beu enjoyed bowling, gardening, traveling, dancing, all kinds of music, the fine arts, tree farming, and spending time with family and friends. She blazed the trail for women, competing for job placements traditionally held by men. She loved life and was always eager for new adventures. She was an avid supporter of the Performing Arts Center and Valley Performing Arts in Alaska and enjoyed being an election official in Wasilla.

Edwin G. Beu Jr.

Edwin G. Beu Jr. was born March 7, 1926, in Harper, Kansas, to Edwin G. Beu Sr. and Sarah Tucker Beu.

Following high school graduation, Mr. Beu was immediately called to active duty with the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific Theatre aboard USS L.S.T. 270 as an electrician.

In 1957, Mr. Beu brought his wife Marsha and children to Anchorage, after being hired as advertising director for the Anchorage Daily News. Before retiring in 1988 he worked in advertising, public relations and real estate. He also proudly served as a police officer in Longview, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska.

Mr. Beu was especially proud of his work with the Anchorage Lions Club and of being a Melvin Jones Fellow in the Lions International Foundation. He was twice selected “Lion of the Year,” was past-president and served in most all other club offices throughout his life membership. Mr. Beu was an ambassador for the city of Anchorage and was known for his informational guided tours of his beloved city.

After the death of his wife Marsha, Mr. Beu later married Betty J. Boyd in 1995. They enjoyed traveling frequently. Both were well known for their involvement with the Valley Performing Arts, the Anchorage Performing Arts and the Matanuska-Susitna College.


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