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Elizabeth (Bitsey, Beth) Bates Johnson

Profile Updated: July 3, 2020
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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Feb 01, 2023 at 1:04 AM

Chet/Sandy — Wishing you a very happy and healthy birthday, coming up. Hang in there! I look forward to seeing you at our 60th in September 2023! Thanks for being on the planning committee !!!

Feb 02, 2023 at 4:27 PM

Posted on: Jan 30, 2023 at 5:40 PM

Have a healthy happy birthday, Bob/Rob/Jim, my old flame ! ??

Jan 14, 2023 at 10:18 PM

Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 at 6:29 PM

Wishing a very happy birthday to a guy who’s done amazing medical care and advancement for underserved populations! Wish I’d known you better in high school but it’s a privilege to follow your career pathway!

Jan 11, 2023 at 12:19 PM

Posted on: Jan 09, 2023 at 10:07 PM

Happy Birthday, Sally !!!

Dec 03, 2022 at 4:11 PM
Nov 05, 2022 at 3:53 AM

Bertie ! A very happy birthday wish to you, my dear friend. Hope you are well and finding meaning and purpose in your life. Hugs! Bitsey

Nov 06, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Posted on: Nov 05, 2022 at 3:51 AM

Dave, I hope that your birthday was fabulous! Love from Bitsey Bates

Oct 24, 2022 at 7:28 AM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2022 at 11:00 PM

Hope your birthday was fantabulous, Cheryl.

Oct 07, 2022 at 12:14 AM
Oct 03, 2022 at 9:53 PM

Mark ! I hope that your birthday is/was filled with laughter, love and celebration with family and friends.

Oct 02, 2022 at 10:18 PM

Jean, A belated Happy Birthday. You and I exactly the same birth date — September 20, 1945. If you were born in Pittsburgh, I wonder whether our moms were in the same hospital at the same time. Allegheny General? Women’s Lying In ? Mercy Hospital ? I can still remember your mom coming to talk with our third or fourth grade class to explain that you’d had a mild case of polio and you were recovering and that polio wasn’t contagious, as far as we knew then. I hope that you’ve had no lingering symptoms of that virus and that life has been good to you.

Oct 02, 2022 at 10:07 PM

Happy Birthday, Bob ! I remember our Markham days very fondly.

Oct 02, 2022 at 10:06 PM
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Posted on: Aug 04, 2022 at 9:15 AM

Hi Susan ! I hope your birthday is/was a wonderful celebration with friends and family and love and laughter. I miss seeing you it we’ll remedy that soon. Hugs!

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Posted on: Dec 27, 2021 at 4:50 PM

Hi Jean ! Good to see you here. You and I have the same birth date — September 20, 1945. Wonder if our mothers were in the same hospital when birthing us !

Oct 01, 2021 at 5:20 PM

Bob -- I hope that your birthday was fabulous and filled with love and laughter! Bitsey