Colonel Elizabeth H. (Betty) Branch

July 17, 1917 - February 26, 2006

Trustee Emerita BranchThe University has learned that Norwich Trustee Emerita COL Elizabeth H. "Betty" Branch, USA (Ret.), 88, died February 26, 2006, at Mt. Vernon Hospital, Mt. Vernon, VA, following a stroke.

Betty served her country on active duty for over 30 years, a service that took her around the world. She enlisted in the WAC in July 1942, and was in one of the early OCS classes at Ft Des Moines, IA. In 1959, as a major, she became the first WAC officer to head a division of the Army Ordnance Guided Missile School at Redstone Arsenal, Al, and from 1966 to 1968, she served as the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Center Commander. When the restrictions on women's promotions were lifted in late 1967, Betty was on the first list of women promoted to full colonel. In 1971 she was assigned to the MACV (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam) as the command historian. She remained in that assignment for 18 months, retiring soon after her return.

A University Trustee for 19 years beginning in 1978, COL Branch was elected Trustee Emeritus in 1997. She received the Board of Fellows Outstanding Service Medallion in 1999.

Betty is survived by two neices and two nephews and her friend,
Catherine Bander. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m. at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Norwich University Endowment Fund, Northfield, VT 05663 or The US Army Women's Foundation, Box 5030, Fort Lee, VA 23801. For more information, please contact kgothard@norwich.edu.