posted on August 20, 2012 08:42
Betty Owen, a valuable aide and adviser to Governor Hunt both in and out of office, died Friday. Click here for her obituary.
Betty was a schoolteacher, a mom and an activist in Charlotte when Hunt first ran for Governor in 1976. He brought her to Raleigh as his education adviser. Through his first two terms, she played a key part in shaping and advocating for his education program.
When he left office in 1985, Betty went to N.C. State University, where she put together the first Emerging Issues Forums with Hunt. The forums became a huge success. They led to the organization of the Institute for Emerging Issues.
Betty was soft-spoken and, at the same time, steely. She never hesitated to firmly but politely disagree with Hunt. She was always a teacher – for him and for all of us who worked with her.