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In Memoriam: Betty Bradshaw

In Memoriam: Betty Bradshaw

DuPage Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Trustee Emerita Betty Bradshaw, a longtime Foundation supporter and spouse of the late Jerry C. Bradshaw, a founder of DuPage Foundation. A resident of Wheaton, Betty passed on August 6, 2021 at the age of 84.  

DuPage Foundation President & CEO Dave McGowan said, “Our hearts go out to Betty’s daughter, Molly, and the entire family and circle of friends who knew her. Betty’s caring and giving spirit became the cornerstone of the Foundation and her dedication to making our community a better place was unmatched. Over the years, Betty delighted in attending Foundation events and staying involved as much as possible. We will miss her smile but know that her legacy will carry on through her family and the continued work of the Foundation.”  

Betty served as a Trustee until 2006 and was designated a Trustee Emerita upon her retirement from the Board. She was a member of the Foundation’s Grant Committee from 1996 – 2008, and served as Chair from 2002 – 2004. For many years, Betty enjoyed hosting the spring grant breakfast at Glen Oak Country Club to celebrate the great work of the Foundation’s grantees.

Besides her commitment to the Foundation, Betty had served on the board of the Conservation Foundation, Cosley Zoo, Morton Arboretum and People’s Resource Center. She also volunteered for the League of Women Voters of Wheaton and supported several not-for-profit organizations in the DuPage area.  

Betty and Jerry’s daughter, Molly Boed, remembers how much her mom enjoyed being out in the community and volunteering.

“My mom was someone who always helped out people when she could,” said Boed. “She continued to support the DuPage Foundation after my dad passed away. The organization is a really special place and is doing so much for DuPage County.”

Betty grew up on a dairy farm in Tigerton, Wisconsin and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Her father was known as the pillar of the community and founded the one room schoolhouse she attended from kindergarten through eighth grade. Though ambidextrous, Betty wrote equally poorly with either hand, according to Boed.

Besides her friendly and gracious demeanor, Betty was also well known among Foundation staff for having a strong and hearty handshake that never wavered over the years.

“Her height was deceiving,” added McGowan. “If she shook your hand, she could take you to the ground. She joined the Board right before I joined the staff so we kind of ‘grew up’ at the Foundation together. I’ll always remember her wanting to have a lot of fun, and she did.”

“For the last 20 years, Dave McGowan has really supported us more than I can ever explain,” said Boed. “He has taken my mom to so many events. I think the people working at the Foundation are such kind people and such visionaries. My mom may have helped out at DuPage Foundation but really, the DuPage Foundation helped us.” 

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