Betty Reardon’s Legacy: Memories, Stories & Condolences

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Tina Ottman

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Dr.

Affiliation

Doshisha University

Betty, may your beloved memory be a blessing. Thank you for everything…. your wisdom, your insight, your inspiration, your mentorship, your friendship, your clarity and vision of a different way of thinking and being. To me you’re always here, I will forever hear your voice.

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Mavic Cabrera Balleza

Title

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Affiliation

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

From conflict prevention to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, disarmament and reconstruction, militarism and patriarchy, peace negotiation and peace agreements, human rights and humanitarian action, Betty’s knowledge is vast. But her compassion, especially for the marginalized and vulnerable, is vaster. Betty did not only write or speak about the concepts and the issues. She acted on them. I recall how she worked day and night to help evacuate Afghan peacebuilders and human rights defenders after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. I also remember how she connected members of Black Lives Matter with human rights activists worldwide by having them participate in

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Betsy Pugh

The sound of excited, high-pitched voices that only 25 7th grade girls could make ricocheted off the walls. Slowly, the girls grew quieter as each became aware of the fast stepping “click, click, click, click” coming down the hall The door opened, and Miss Reardon walked in. Thus began my journey of a lifetime touched by Betty Ann Reardon. It was the mid 1950’s. Betty taught geography and current events in a private school for privileged children. She used the opportunity to open our eyes to a world beyond our awareness. The beginning signs of Peace Education might be traced

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Susan Gelber Cannon

Title

Peace Educator

Affiliation

https://thinkcareact.blogspot.com/2013/07/international-institute-on-peace.html

As a middle school teacher embarking on a journey to incorporate peace education principles into my required curriculum, I was immediately inspired when I discovered Betty Reardon’s work (with Alicia Cabezudo) via Hague Appeal for Peace. The three-volume instruction manual remains one of the most comprehensive peace education teacher training tools I have found and employed. It started me on my peace education journey in 2005. Thank you, Betty, for your commitment to peace education, peace educators, and the students we impact. As Betty said, ” In order to combat the culture of violence that pervades our society, the coming

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james oswald

Title

educator

Affiliation

institute for plant based nutrition

betty and i met in 1976. she was beginning to build peace education resources and i was an intern at national council for social studies in washington, dc. we were friends immediately. we never had a disagreement or harsh words. at meeting after meeting that year and for decades, betty preached her peace education concepts and i developed social studies concepts. to the end, betty was a diligent advocate for basic human goodness. a heroine. my dear friend. betty was pleasant and fun. she loved to laugh and early hoped to be a professional dancer and singer. she danced and

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Kathy Bickmore

Title

Professor

Affiliation

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Warm condolences to Betty’s family and other loved ones. I have loved, appreciated, learned from, and. Even inspired by her brilliant spirit. Especially around the time we first met in the 1980s at a COPRED conference, her feminist perspective on violence, peace, and education were very important to me. Her memory is indeed a blessing.

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Asuka SATOH

May she rest in peace. I remembered I met her at the peace conference in Kyoto. Never forget Betty is one of the awesome peace education pioneers who has made us encourage and empower to build the world peace through education. 🙏

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Georgina Galanis

Title

Global Movement for the Culture of Peace – Founding Member

Affiliation

United Nations NGO community

What makes history is that which impacts minds and hearts – That long journey from “mind to heart” can be taught – and must be traveled – Betty Reardon’s work and collaborative community opened roads to peace education that present generations define as groundbreaking into the future – Thank you Betty for your pioneering vision- A blueprint and beacon for peacebuilding in Culture of Peace education .

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Rajib Timalsina

Title

Assistant Professor

Affiliation

Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University

I was very discipline-centric teacher in my early career. When I got chance to read and understand Betty’s writings, my worldviews and paradigm was shifted. My classroom methods was converted into learning-centric, connection-focused and reflective. I felt huge impact of her scholarly contribution in my professional life and I learned the importance of experiential, reflective and transformative education. I am deeply touched by the form and scholarship Betty contributed to this world. She left remarkable footprint in this planet. I am grateful for her contribution.

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Barbara Wien

Affiliation

American University

Betty’s passing represents the end of an era. Betty a pioneering scholar in feminist and anti-war studies, and painted on a vast global canvas with relationships on every continent. She was beloved with a will of iron underneath her demure exterior. No matter the odds, she persisted and persisted in her quest to end war and heal our planet. She inspired me to join her in her quest and I have never regretted the journey. Betty and I first met in 1981 at 777 United Nations Plaza when I was 21. She propelled me into leadership roles with academic societies

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Magnus Haavelsrud

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Betty said in the launching panel for the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in 1999 that we have to work within existing systems of power and live both with that reality as well as the not-yet. And we have to realize that our ideas, theories and understandings of both the present and the not-yet can and should be translated into practical action! These words, I think, guided Betty´s work – in spite of the great obstacles to peace encountered in her lifetime – it was always a balancing act to envision futures

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Kathleen Modrowski

Title

Dean and Professor Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities

Affiliation

O.P. Jindal Global University

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In Loving Memory of Betty Reardon Betty Reardon has been my friend and mentor for over 40 years. I met Betty in Paris on the occasion of the birth of my first child, Joshua Marks. With her habitual thoughtfulness, Betty gave him a soft sky-blue sweater with a giraffe embroidered on it. This was the first of many moments spent with Betty in places as distant as Senegal, South Africa, India, Costa Rica, Europe and New York. Often these encounters were meetings and collaborations organized by PDHRE, the Peoples Movement for Human Rights Learning. Founding PDHRE director Shula Koenig and

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Mitsuru Honjo(Kanayama)

I was a student at Teachers College of Colombia University in 2002-2004. It was the precious last opportunity for her to give a lecture. I was very fortunate to take her lecture directly and joined her project. She is very supportive to gain the student’s action for promoting peace education. At the my screening “Quite Revolution”, it was honor of her attendance. I would like to express my sincere condolences. I will carry on Betty‘s spirits of peace educator to my surroundings and next generations as a Global Citizenship.

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Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee

Condolences from Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee When we, the Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee, heard the sad news of Dr. Betty Reardon’s passing, we joined together in offering our sincere prayers for her eternal happiness. We have always respected Dr. Reardon deeply as a great advocator of peace education and a promoter of a culture of peace. It was our great honor that Dr. Reardon kindly appeared in the “Creating a Culture of Peace” series in December 2019 in our organ paper, Seikyo Shimbun. When we interviewed her online, we were deeply inspired by her dignity, youthful spirit and

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Soon-Won Kang

Title

Emeritus Professor

Affiliation

Hanshin University

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Betty, I appreciate your contributing note to the Korean readers in the Korean translated book of Comprehensive Peace Education in 2021. Your warm and critical letter really moved the Korean peace educators. Moreover, you joined the book concert through Zoom with Korean peace educators. As a translator of your book, I enjoyed the professional Zoom talk with you and some Korean peace education leaders such as Dr. Samuel Lee and Dr. Hyunmook Lim of APCEIU( UNESCO Asia Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding). Your brilliant work is the light for peace and justice in the present time of warfare.

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Dana Kristiawan

Title

Dr.

Affiliation

Universitas 17 Agustus Banyuwangi, Indonesia

I know Betty from her works and quote and cite her works for my thesis or journal about peace education. With her big name in peace education, Betty is a humble person. She contacted me and asked about my work on violence prevention. She also shared her powerful work in the area of peace education. Thank you so much for your inspiring work. You will smile from heaven and see your work still continue through us for sharing and promoting peace!

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Ronni Alexander

Title

Professor emerita

Affiliation

Kobe University

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Rest in peace Betty. You are an inspiration always and we love you so much! It is hard to imagine a world without your physical presence, but you will be here with us in our thinking and action forever and beyond. I hope we can put what we’ve learned from and with you to immediate action to bring the world to a more peaceful place. 😻😻😻😻😻

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Lydia Ruprecht

Title

Team Leader for Global Citizenship Education, UNESCO

I met Betty Reardon through Ingeborg Breines, my former Director, when I first started to work for UNESCO on women and a culture of peace. She was kind and an incredible listener. I was particularly impressed by her capacity to translate complex ideas into accessible terms and make sense of the world. In 30 years, she has remained an exceptional role model.

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Anita Yudkin

Title

Coordinator UNESCO Chair on Education for Peace

Affiliation

University of Puerto Rico

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Our dear Betty will be missed in the peace education community. I first met Betty through the IIPE, held at the University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2006. Throughout the years she became an inspiration for thinking and acting in education towards peace. Always sharp in her thoughts and analysis, that pushed us to delve deeper into the fundamental ideas that sustain our work. I also loved her comments and sense of humor that provided for other ways of approaching the very serious issues of war and peace. Betty became a friend, and a friend of Puerto Rico. Starting

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Lee Smithey

Title

Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

Affiliation

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

On behalf of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College: Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Betty Reardon, who has had such an enormous impact on our field. We reflect in deep gratitude on all she offered to us.

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Viviane Clémence NGUIMEYA

Title

Peace Bus Association and Peace education ressource center founder in Cameroon

Affiliation

PEACE BUS ASSOCIATION

Mme Betty Reardon, whom I had the great honor of meeting in 2005 when I was admitted to the Afghan Peace Education Program at Teachers College in New York deeply inspired me. As evidence, in the “Guide to Methods and Activities for Peace Education in Schools” which I authored, I propose her advice to teachers to help them measure and understand the major role they can play in promoting peace education in the classroom. Indeed, along with Mrs. Alicia Cabezudo, Mrs. Reardon has written “Guidelines for Facilitating Classroom Discussion,” a participatory teaching approach. I pay tribute to this icon of

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Adekunle tinuoye

Affiliation

MINILS

Betty Reardon’s death is a big loss to the global peace , social justice and non violence community. She was an icon and pioneer who gave everything and dedicated her life to education as a panacea for enthroning peace, eliminating violence, establishing justice and creating a just world. Her life was an embodiment of altruism, empathy and common good. My heart and condolences goes to her family, ICPE and the global peace family. May her soul rest in perfect peace and may her ideals continue to flourish Amen

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Tara Hopkins

Affiliation

founder, owner of cop(m)adam; founder of Civic Involvement Projects at Sabanci University, Istanbul

I first met Betty at IIPE in Seoul at a time when I was neither sure of what Peace Education was nor if it were applicable in my larger ‘hood. What I was sure of from the beginning was that IIPE was an umbrella under which I felt comfortable, secure and in the company of others who spoke the same language of hope. Betty helped me see that my own work came under that umbrella and I am grateful to colleagues who have reminded me of that when the flame of my own hopes start to dim. I am grateful

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Loreta Castro

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I am very grateful for her profound influence in my life and vocation as a peace educator. I will honor her by continuing her legacy… She inspired the establishment of our Center for Peace Education, which has now served so many. Betty, thank you so much, we love you and rest in peace.🙏❤️

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Dr. Gloria Abarca

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I am so sorry, I met her in 2009 in Budapest and lateral in IIPE in Puerto Rico with Alicia Cabezudo my profesor. Now in the master of Peace in Castellon like a peace education profesor, with students of peace education first year, we review her lecture. She will continue teaching through her legacy

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Lisa Worth Huber

Affiliation

National Peace Academy

To Betty’s family, friends, students, and peacebuilders ~ Holding all who have been inspired by Betty’s lifetime dedication to ((Peace)) in a circle of ((Love)). May Betty Rest in Peace and Power. She is missed, but her ((Light)) will never fade—infinite gratitude for her profound legacy.

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Carolyne Ashton

Title

Peace Educator, Retired

She gave the world so very much and her work will be her memorial for a very long time. Now, it is on us to hold up the banner and carry on with her work.

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Tigist Engdaw

Title

International Consultant/ Assistant Professor

Dr. Betty Reardon was a great scholar on peace education and beyond. She will be missed indeed. Her legacy will live on. I have read most of her wonderful work. Recommend by Professor Tony Jenkins and have also recommended to my students. May your rest in eternal peace. With gratitude and love 💕 Tigist

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Luisa Alvarez-Dominguez

Affiliation

UPR- retired

Betty was very supportive of Puerto Rico’s pursuit of peace in Vieques, specifically women’s initiatives there. I will always remember her words of encouragement and the memories she shared based on her eork toward justice and peace education. She will be missed but her legacy will continue to inspire future generations.

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Vidar Vambheim

Title

Associate Professor

Affiliation

Uit/ The Arctic University of Norway

A beautiful soul and a giant. Rest in peace, Betty Reardon.

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Kathie Uhler, OSF

Affiliation

House of Prayer for All People

In Memory of Betty Reardon On Sep 12, 2023, Kathie Uhler emailed: “Dear Betty, So great to hear from you!! You are my lifetime mentor and exemplar of everything that educates and models for peace and nonviolence.” Betty had just emailed me her congratulations on the establishment of the House of Prayer for All People in Gulph Mills, PA. Betty had supported me all the way in this project of some 15 years. We met through a peace education workshop that Betty gave in 1989 at Columbia University Teachers College. It was during that event on June 5 that we

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Anaida Pascual Morán

Para quienes le conocimos de cerca en Puerto Rico, ha sido un golpe enorme la lamentable noticia de la partida de este mundo terrenal de la eterna educadora y activista por la paz Betty Reardon. Fueron incontables las aportaciones de nuestra querida Betty a las causas de derechos humanos y paz en el mundo entero, pero también en nuestras orillas y desde la otra orilla. Nunca olvidaremos, por mencionar solo tres ejemplos entre tantos, su apoyo a la Alianza de Mujeres Viequenses y por la víctimas del huracán María, así como sus gestiones en el Congreso de los Estados Unidos

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Matt Meyer

Title

Secretary-General

Affiliation

International Peace Research Association

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Just a day or two after Betty’s passing, I felt moved to write this note to her, via hers and Tony’s FB tributes: It’s hard to explain, but Betty, you are already missed. Here in NYC, but I know throughout the world, you have been and are an ever-present beacon of calculated hope. Thank you for the many, many gifts. Now, some weeks later and writing from Granada, State of Spain where I dedicated my Opening Plenary keynote address to Betty and to a young Palestinian woman killed during the 2018 mass, nonviolent March of Return, I cannot help reflect

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Ingeborg Breines

Affiliation

IPB

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Betty Reardon – in memoriam The world has lost a major pillar of peace education, a great teacher and a feminist anti-war scholar and activist. We, who had the huge privilege of being her long-term friend, have lost a loving and caring friend, an inspirational and knowledgeable discussion partner and a wonderful person for joyful interaction. Betty Reardon was an exceptionally inspiring person, through her writing and teaching, as well as through her personality. She was courageous and consistent and had a huge capacity for friendship and care. She managed to bridge the personal and the political, the analytical and

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Anto Paul

Title

Founder Principal

Affiliation

Peace Channel and NEISSR

In heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Betty A Reardon, a beacon in peace education. Her profound impact as a mentor, educator, and leader resonates in the hearts of those she influenced. Betty’s legacy is a testament to the transformative power of knowledge and compassion. May her legacy inspire continued dedication to peace education, and may her family find solace in the enduring impact she has had on shaping a more harmonious world. I remember her in the celebration of Holy Mass and pray for the family. May her soul rest in peace.

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Catia Confortini

Title

Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

Affiliation

Wellesley College

I remember reading Sexism and the War System and having my mind blown away: how could this woman make all the connections between patriarchy and war I intuited but could not express in words? It was a light I could not turn off: from that moment on my eyes were open, and I had to continue working to dismantle both and many other systems of oppression. I met Betty in person many years later and several times in common academic and activist circles. Despite how star-struck I was and unable to speak most of the time, she was always kind

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Evelin Lindner

Title

Dr. med., Dr. psychol.

Affiliation

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

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It was a great privilege to sit together with my dear and beloved Betty on July 6, 2010, in Melbu, Vesterålen, Norway. I thanked Betty for her untiring support for our dignity work since we first met in 1995 in Manila, Philippines. We were all invited at the UNESCO expert meeting “Towards a Women’s Agenda for a Culture of Peace”, April 25–18, 1995, invited by Ingeborg Breines, the then Director of Women and a Culture of Peace, and Special Adviser to the Director-General Federico Mayor on Women, Gender and Development. When we sat together in Norway in 2010, Betty shared

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Sandra R.

Hola, Un tributo a Betty por su legado y por enseñarme la importancia de continuar hablando de paz y lenguaje en el aula. Mis condolencias a su familia nuclear y a la familia que conformamos todxs quienes no decaemos en el deseo de contribuir a escenarios humanos mas pacíficos. ¡Gracias por este espacio!

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Ian Gibson

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Professor

Affiliation

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

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Betty was an inspirational teacher. She opened up a way into wisdom. I’m forever grateful to her. Smart and kind, funny and wise. Thank you Betty. Love Ian xxx

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Jing Lin

Title

Professor

Dr. Betty Reardon is very generous in giving her support to faculty who pursue peace education as their passion. I have received support from her and will always keep a heart of gratitude for her. She will be remembered.

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Kelly Kraemer

Title

Professor of Peace Studies

Affiliation

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

I met Betty in 1994, when she taught a graduate course on Cultural Violence I enrolled in at the University of Hawai’i. She was only there for one semester, but the lessons she taught me about connections between peace studies and feminism stuck with me. I encountered her again years later as a colleague at the annual meetings of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. It was always wonderful to see her, and seeing her always meant an invitation to take some sort of action for peace. My last interactions with Betty were via an online book club reading “Comprehensive

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فاتن عبدالإله أحمد فاتن

Title

مدير منظمة الق الطفولة

تحية لبيتي احد بناة السلام في العالم

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Werner Winterteiner

Title

Professor emeritus

Affiliation

Klagenfurt University, Austria

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I met Betty Reardon for the first time when I had already been involved in peace education for some time and was writing my peace education dissertation (“Pedagogy of the Other”), but when I was still completely unfamiliar with the international scene. I met Betty at an international peace congress in Vermont, and although she was only able to attend the congress for a short time, her presentation and her manner immediately left an unforgettable impression on me. I interviewed her and printed the conversation in my peace magazine alpe-adria. That’s how we stayed in touch. When I visited her

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Kaisa Savolainen

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Former Division Director, in the Sector of Education, Unesco (Paris)

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My condolences. Dear memories of Betty will remain with me always: from my professional work, from her visits to Finland as a keynote speaker. I participated her wonderful 90-years birthday party in New York. Next day we enjoyed lovely lunch in a restaurant near Harlem. Ingeborg Breines and Tarja Virtanen were present as well, both Former UNESCO Directors. I was looking forward to travel from Finland to her 95 year birthday party next spring. Betty was important in my UNESCO work when I served the Organization 1986- 2001 as Division Director responsible for education on peace, human rights and international

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Feminist Institute for Peace Studies PEACE MOMO

Betty A. Reardon, a pioneer scholar who played an important role in peace education and feminist peace studies, passed away on November 3, 2023. She was the warmest friend and a firm supporter of PEACEMOMO Feminist Institute for Peace Studies (FIPS). Her prominent presence in feminist peace studies will be greatly missed, and we will continue her efforts to create a peaceful and just world. Sending love, thoughts and prayers from South Korea. PEACE MOMO Feminist Institute for Peace Studies(FIPS) https://momofips.campaignus.me/news/?idx=16809024&bmode=view

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Kozue Akibayashi

Title

Professor

Affiliation

Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan)

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Betty, I am forever grateful for all your help, guidance, encouragements and love. You introduced me to Okinawa Women Act Against Military Violence, WILPF and many other fearless feminist peace activists around the world with whom I have built trusting solidarity for demilitarization. I was so fortunate to have found you 30 years ago when I was searching for a feminist peace educator/activist/scholar to study under, and I have always tried to follow you since then. Thank you so much for always being there. I hope you know how deeply thankful I am and how much I love you. I

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Mary Darbes

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Betty’s passing is a very sad loss for us personally but also for advocates of peace and justice everywhere. She was truly an extraordinary person – a tireless teacher, author, scholar, internationally acclaimed activist for social justice, and a precious friend of 33 years. My husband Dale Snauwaert and I first met Betty in Hamilton New York in the autumn of 1990. Both Betty and Dale were visiting professors at Colgate University that year, and they became fast friends. We three got to know each other well, and Betty often wished that we could somehow move to NYC. How joyful

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Dale Snauwaert

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Professor

Affiliation

University of Toledo

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I met Betty in the Fall of 1990 at Colgate University. I had just finished my PhD at the University of Illinois and began my academic career as a one-year visiting assistant professor at Colgate that fall. That summer after finishing my dissertation, I ran into a book entitled Comprehensive Peace Education by Betty A. Reardon. I had never heard of peace education and was intrigued, having a core interest in democracy, justice, and democratic education. I read Comprehensive with interest and was both impressed and inspired by the ideas. I hoped to meet Dr. Reardon in the future and

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Amar Nayak

Title

Professor of Strategy & Chairperson, Centre for All Interacting Evolving Systems Science

Affiliation

Xavier Institute of Management, XIM University Bhubaneswar. India.

With deep sorrow, I express my condolences to Betty’s family, colleagues and students around the world. I fondly remember the gentleness, grace, and wisdom of Betty, a great educationist of peace in my brief interactions with her. She has been a great motivator and inspiration to me. I am so happy that she has written the Foreword titled ‘Toward a New Cosmology’ to our edited book, Regenerative Ecosystems in the Anthropocene, forthcoming (2024) by Springer Nature.

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Andria Wisler

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Executive Director, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

Affiliation

Georgetown University

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I am grateful to have found Peace Education at Teachers College – and thus Dr. Betty Reardon – in 2000, after my undergraduate professor, Ruthann Johansen mentioned the field and Betty’s name to me. Perhaps this was one of the most significant recommendations that I’ve ever followed through on! I was first awestruck by Betty’s vision for a just and humane and peace-filled world and then absolutely compelled to do my part as I best could. A few years later, studying peace with a multi-national community in Austria, Betty’s name and work was a source of great pride for me

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