Maria Louisa Betterton

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education
Philanthropy

Honored By

Honored by: Karant-Nunn, Susan
Date submitted: August 10, 2009
Gift: Engraved Paver, Small

Maria Luisa Betterton 'Luise' was born and raised in Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe. She received her higher education at the University of Natal, Durban, in South Africa, majoring in French and psychology. In 1985, she and her husband, Professor Eric Betterton (Atmospheric Sciences) came to Pasadena, California, and in 1988 to the University of Arizona

For 11 years, Luise, who is multi-lingual, worked with Heiko A. Oberman in the newly founded Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies. Upon his death in 2001, Luise remained with the division and played an instrumental role in expanding its fundraising. Partly thanks to her efforts, the Heiko A. Oberman Chair in Late Medieval and Reformation History is nearly complete and has its first occupant.

Luise is the heart and soul of the Division, to whom alumni as well as current graduate students look to for friendship and practical advice. She is well known with in the field of early modern European history.