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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. 😟)

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Jan 25, 2020 at 12:31 AM

Hal — Do we have contact information for Rich Ruben, a class member? His older brother, Harvey, married a college classmate of mine from Wellesley. I’ve just learned that Rich is an M.D. living in CT, and he runs a large women’s reproductive health service. We should try to get him to join our class website!

Jan 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM

Posted on: Jan 16, 2020 at 9:33 PM

Hope your birthday was wonderful!

Jan 16, 2020 at 9:32 PM

Hope your Birthday celebration was wonderful, Donna !

Jan 09, 2020 at 6:33 PM

Sally — Have a wonderful birthday celebration.

Jan 03, 2020 at 2:08 PM

Betty, I hope that your birthday celebration is filled with laughter and love and health.

Jan 03, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Have a great birthday celebration, Tom.

Jan 03, 2020 at 2:06 PM
Jan 03, 2020 at 2:05 PM

Hope your birthday is wonderful, Terry.

Dec 26, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Posted on: Dec 25, 2019 at 10:48 PM

Fran ! A happy early birthday wish and we hope this finds you in the best possible health with a good 2020 to anticipate!

Dec 24, 2019 at 1:19 AM

I hope your birthday was a wonderful celebration filled with laughter and love.

Dec 21, 2019 at 1:14 AM
Dec 11, 2019 at 1:28 PM
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Dec 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019 at 11:13 PM

Happy Birthday, Bill. Hope the day finds you in good health.

Dec 07, 2019 at 11:32 PM
Dec 07, 2019 at 11:28 PM

A belated Happy Birthday, Bill ! (Bitsey Bates Johnson)

Dec 07, 2019 at 11:26 PM

Hi Jim! A belated birthday wish! Bitsey Bates Johnson

Dec 07, 2019 at 11:25 PM

Lee, I hope that your birthday was wonderful, filled with love and warmth and people about whom you care. Enjoy it in health.

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Nov 23, 2019 at 10:08 PM

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Nov 16, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Christie — I hope your birthday is filled with laughter and love. Enjoy it in good health.