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MacMurray to award Honorary Degree

March 30, 2011

Betty Welch Irvin of Mt. Pulaski, IL, will be awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree from MacMurray College during Alumnae Weekend 2011. She will be presented an honorary Bachelor of the Arts at a Gala Luncheon on Saturday, April 9. is active in several campus groups including the Newman Club, Mortar Board and the interpreting and Deaf Educators Association.

Irvin, a home economics major, started at MacMurray in 1952. She had polio and had to walk with a brace and crutches as a student. After an accident in the second semester of her senior year, Irvin was unable to complete graduation requirements.

She went on to have four children with her husband Guy C. Irvin Jr. Although she did not finish a degree, her education at MacMurray helped Irvin throughout her career. She worked for the department of personnel at the Illinois Department of Public Aid for 11 years and co-owned a private employment agency with her husband for 15 years.

She has remained an active member of what would have been her graduating class at MacMurray. She was also a Cub Scout den mother and room mother to six children. She has co-hosted Clan Irwin Association Scottish Tours and is active in history tents for Clan Irwin at Scottish Highland Games throughout the US and in Scotland.

Alumnae Weekend includes societies’ breakfast for alumnae of MacMurray’s Greek associations, individual class teas, a reception at the president’s home and a dinner.

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