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Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth) Bates Johnson

Profile Updated: June 11, 2019
Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth) Bates
Residing In
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Joel W. Johnson
Psychologist, Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, Congregational
Kate Johnson Potter (1971), Geoffrey Bates Johnson (1974), Peter Joel Johnson (1986)
Military Service
My husband Joel served in the Army Medical Service
Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth) Bates


Yes! Attending Reunion

Daughter-in-Law: Melanie M. Johnson
Son-in-Law: James M. Potter

Eight Grandchildren:

Grace (17), Jack (15) and Charlie (11) Potter
Pierce (18), Fiona (16), Felix (13), Rowan (11), and Sloane (3) Johnson

School Story

Graduated from Wellesley College (B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Concentration in Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency, 1967)

M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1984)

PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)

Worked as a Social Worker, Psychologist and UCC Minister

Favorite School Story: When we were in the 10th grade (Fall 1960), the Pirates were playing the Yankees in an afternoon game — the final one in the World Series. A lot of our classmates had brought little transistor radios to school and were trying to listen to the game during class. My English teacher (can’t renember her name, strict, Irish) got furious, demanded that all transistor radios be turned over to her, and that the entire class come back to her room for an hour of detention at the end of the day. We were bummed because the game was still going on at 3:30 pm. Then suddenly the loud speakers came on all over the school. The Principal was broadcasting the game and there was nothing our angry English teacher could do about it. A great cheer went up from our detention room. A “mighty cheer” as we celebrated that awesome win for the Pirates. (P.S. My husband was born/raised in NYC and is a dyed-in-the-Wool Yankees fan. 😟)

Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth)'s Latest Interactions

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May 20, 2020 at 12:18 PM

Posted on: May 18, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Kirk — I wish you a happy and healthy birthday. Hope that you and family have stayed clear of COVID-19.

Apr 27, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Hi Roy! So glad that you’ve decided to join our high school class website. Welcome. Tell us a little more about your life. It’s really fun to learn about the 55+ years since we graduated.

Apr 26, 2020 at 10:27 PM
Apr 22, 2020 at 9:29 PM

Judy — I hope your birthday was filled with warm good wishes and that you are in good health.

Apr 22, 2020 at 9:27 PM

Hal — what a wonderful idea, to contact five Lebo friends. I will plan that and I’ll try to get Rich Rubens’ contact information for you.

Apr 22, 2020 at 9:24 PM

Hope your birthday was wonderful with love pouring in from family and friends.

Apr 10, 2020 at 3:11 AM

Greg ! I hope you have a fabulous birthday celebration. One fond memory I have about you is when you recited a poem in front of our 8th grade English class — “Casey at Bat.” None of us thought of you as a literary guy, and all of us had to memorize a poem and recite it in front of the class. You did a great job! I’m still impressed!

Apr 08, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Fred, Have a fabulous birthday!

Apr 08, 2020 at 2:35 PM

I hope your birthday is filled with laughter and love and people you love! Do I remember that you were (are) an incredible artist? In what field are you a professor ?

Apr 05, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Ira — I wish you a birthday surrounded by love and loved ones, of gratitude and optimism. Stay strong, my friend.

Apr 01, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020 at 9:21 PM

Hope your birthday was filled with love and laughter, Larry !

Mar 26, 2020 at 3:08 PM

Posted on: Mar 25, 2020 at 3:51 PM

Bobby! I remember you very well from Markham. And am I remembering correctly that you walked with crutches? The picture in my head is that none of us could walk as fast as you. I remember a birthday party at your house. You were a veritable “energizer Bunny” ! So glad to know that you created a career in medicine and married and had two children. Welcome to our Lebo ‘63 class website.

Mar 24, 2020 at 11:54 AM

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020 at 6:22 PM

Hope your birthday was wonderful, Ralph.

Mar 18, 2020 at 7:36 PM

Pam, I wish you a healthy and joyous birthday. Hope you can enjoy it in health and love.

Mar 12, 2020 at 1:52 AM
Mar 12, 2020 at 12:55 AM

Pam !! Thinking about you on your upcoming birthday. Hope that you can enjoy it in health, surrounded by people you love. Bitsey Bates

Mar 06, 2020 at 1:11 AM

Jan — a very happy birthday to you. Hope that you are enjoying it in health with people whom you love surrounding you. Bitsey Bates

Feb 19, 2020 at 10:08 PM
Feb 07, 2020 at 12:36 PM

Happy happy birthday, “Jim-Bob” ! Hope you’re enjoying yourself in Vermont’s cold snowy winter.

Feb 03, 2020 at 10:57 PM

A belated Happy Birthday wish, Judy.