Wife of former GW president dies at 91

Evelyn “Betty” Elliott, wife of University President Emeritus Lloyd Elliott, passed away Thursday. She was 91.

Lloyd Elliott served as president of the University from 1965 to 1988.

Elliott School of International Affairs Dean Michael Brown said Evelyn Elliott was proud that the school was named after her family, and said she was involved in many Elliott School programs.

“She was especially proud to be associated with the school’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff,” Brown said in an e-mail message to students of the Elliott School. “She attended many Elliott School events, gracing us with her intelligence and warmth.”

The Elliotts created the Evelyn E. and Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, an endowment in support of the Gaston Sigur Professorship and other activities at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 1988, according to a University news release.

Brown said he was happy Evelyn had the chance to witness an event this year honoring the 20th anniversary of the Elliott School.

“In November, Betty and Lloyd attended a special dinner here at E Street that marked the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Elliott School,” Brown said. “We were fortunate to have had this opportunity to express our appreciation and admiration of Betty, and to toast her and Lloyd on this occasion.”

Evelyn Elliott will be buried at a private ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, as her husband is a World War II veteran, Brown said.

She is survived by her husband, two children – L. Gene Elliott and Patricia E. Kauffman – two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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