Betty Camp '62
Betty Camp took only three years to complete her education at Marietta, but she has had ample opportunities to confirm the sneaking suspicion she had during that time.
From her teaching positions all across the country to her nursing career in St. Louis, Camp has been able to confirm the belief she held while at Marietta: she was receiving an excellent education at a first-class school.
Camp’s time at Marietta was condensed to three jam-packed years, for that was how long the educational insurance plan her parents had set up provided.
Though she commuted from her home in Parkersburg, West Virginia, all but one semester, Camp found ways to be involved on campus, including participating in the Messiah Chorus.
After graduation, she went with her husband to New York for his graduate schooling. From there, they lived in different parts of the country, from Chicago to Toledo and St. Louis.
Wherever her husband’s work took them, Camp found a teaching position. Having the opportunity to teach a variety of grades and subjects at several different types of schools is something Camp says she appreciated.
Camp became settled in St. Louis and decided to pursue a career in nursing, something she had always had an interest in doing.
After working as a registered nurse for three years, Camp became a lab instructor in the nursing department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, her nursing alma mater. It was a position she held for 19 years.
Around the same time she had the opportunity to retire, Camp’s mother became ill, so she decided to move back to Parkersburg in 2004.
It was around the time of her mother’s death that Camp decided to make planned giving arrangements.
“It definitely simplifies things,” she says. “There won’t be any confusion or arguing. It’ll say right there that the College gets it all.”
Camp is cognizant of extensive differences in the educational experiences of Marietta’s students today compared to her time on campus. Her awareness is particularly honed in on the level of involvement that students now take on outside of class.
“I didn’t have some of the social experiences students today have,” she said. “I wouldn’t have been able to participate in things like Make a Difference Day. If I wasn’t in class, then I was probably in the library.”
While her studies were the bulk of her focus, Camp looks back on her days at Marietta with fondness. She particularly recalls taking a chance to enjoy a beautiful day on campus.
“There was just one time where it was just too nice of a day,” she says. “I was in a class in the Brown Petroleum Building, our professor was running late, so we all decided to run out the back of the building. I wouldn’t suggest any students skip class, but it was a fun, one-time experience.”
With her reverence for the education she received at Marietta, it is not surprising that Camp only played hooky once.
“I’ve had the chance to put my education experience up against those of others, from around the country and from a variety of schools, and I’ve never felt unqualified or ill-prepared for anything,” she says.
Camp hopes that students today don’t let co-curricular activities impact the investment they should put into their educational efforts.
“I want them to feel proud of being a Marietta College graduate and be able to go out and be up to par with many other students from other schools,” she says.
Such thoughts may be why she delights in seeing class notes and announcements in the College’s publications from alumni.
“I think it’s really amazing to see all of the positions, in business, industry and science that graduates have held,” she says.
Moving back to Parkersburg, Camp is as involved with College-related events now more than ever. She is a part of a group that hopes to officially form the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Association and delights in being able to attend events on campus, such as editions of the Social Justice Speaker series and basketball games.