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Elizabeth A. Plack, 91

June 21, 2013|JUNE 15,1922-JUNE 15, 2013

Elizabeth A. Plack, 91, died at noon on her birthday, June 15, in Washington, D.C., as a result of a general decline in health.

Born in 1922 in Hagerstown, Md., Betty graduated from Hagerstown High School, followed by graduation from Goucher College in Towson, Md., in 1944, with a degree in fine arts. Her further education included a Harvard Radcliffe program of business administration in 1952. At the time, this was the only Master of Business Administration equivalent program open to women, making her a pioneer in the equal rights struggle.

Betty was an officer, lieutenant, junior grade, in the U.S. Navy in World War II and afterward, which is when she moved to Washington, D.C.

In her professional life, she specialized in what is now called human resources, and was then known as personnel departments. She set up the personnel office at the Washington Hospital Center, formerly Garfield Hospital, in 1957; worked for 10 years in the space program at Bellcomm, Apollo mission; and spent the rest of her career as personnel director at AT&T and Bell Atlantic, now Verizon, from which she retired in 1989.

She was particularly active in the Harvard Business School Club, serving as president from 1977 to 1978, and received numerous awards from the club for her extraordinary service.

Her interests included art (painting), horseback riding, up to age 80, and heartfelt participation in numerous clubs, such as the Capital Speakers Club, the Navy League, the City Tavern Club and alumni associations, Goucher, Radcliffe and Harvard.

She is survived by her sister, Dr. Dorothy Plack Smith of Washington, D.C.; and three nieces, Joan Welton of Lakewood, Colo., Barbara Smith-Demo of Zagreb, Croatia, and June Moseby of Lynnville, Tenn.

Graveside services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Tuesday, June 25 at 3 p.m.

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