Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is mourning the loss of Betty French Unkel, Past National President 1976-1978. Betty entered Chapter Eternal on April 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 95.
“Betty certainly had a long lasting impact on Alpha Xi Delta and will always be remembered for her pride and the enthusiasm she had for our dear Fraternity, said National Executive Director Elysia Gallivan. “She often enjoyed visits from her Alpha Xi Delta Sisters where they would sing Alpha Xi Delta songs and share fond memories of past Sisterhood events. She will be missed.”
Betty was initiated into the Psi Chapter at The Ohio State University in 1941. She graduated in 1943 with a degree in Hospital Dietetics. She married H. Richard (Dick) Unkel in 1943 and celebrated more than 54 years of marriage together until his death in 1997. Betty served in several Fraternity leadership roles leading up to her term as National President. One of Betty’s largest projects was serving on the committee that oversaw the building of Alpha Xi Delta’s current Fraternity Headquarters located at 8702 Founders Road in Indianapolis. In her keynote address at the 1978 National Convention, Betty said, “Alpha Xi Delta strives always to reach the peak of excellence. As individuals and as chapters, we are challenged to measure up to the excellence which is expected of us. For all Alpha Xi’s, collegiate and alumnae, the time is now for pride in self and the Fraternity. Be part of the action! Be respected, be confident, be responsible, and be proud to be an Alpha Xi.”
Betty is survived by nieces and nephews Col (ret) John P. Weiss, Carol Shapiro Lauvray, Steven P. Weiss and Susan M. McKinley; nine great nieces and nephews; and three great great nieces and nephews.