Betty Lou Neuhart

December 5, 1923 - May 10, 2008

12/05/1923 - 05/10/2008

Past Services

Wednesday May 14, 2008
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home-Bellaire
441-37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Thursday May 15, 2008
Greenwood Cemetery
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0270 | Directions
Thursday May 15, 2008
10:00 am
Trinity Episcopal Church-Bell.
42nd Noble Street
Bellaire, OH 43906

Betty Lou Dickens Neuhart died Peacefully, May 10, 2008 at her home in Alexandria Virginia.

The daughter of the late Charles C. and Erma Daub Dickens, she was born December 5, 1923 in Bellaire, Ohio, where she lived prior to moving to Alexandria, Virginia 43 years ago.

She was graduated from Bellaire High School and The College of Wooster Ohio, which awarded her the highest honor bestowed upon a Wooster Alumni, the Distinguished Alumni Award. At Wooster, she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Delta Phi Honoraries. May Queen, a campus leader and named the outstanding Graduating Senior.

She was granted a Master of Arts Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University of Medford, Massachusetts. Where as a Fellowship student she instructed at Tufts University. Later, she pursued additional advanced studies in the International Field at the Fletcher School, The George Washington University Graduate School of Public Administration, The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute; The Brookings Institute Washington D.C. and the Federal Executives Institute Charlottesville, Va.

Prior to moving to Virginia, she was an Instructor at Otterbein College Ohio and Ohio University Eastern Campus.

She retired after 30 years in the Federal Civil Service, advancing to progressively responsible positions from her initial assignment as Chairman of the Foreign Service Orientation Programs at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute Washington D.C. to that of Regional Managing Director, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce San Francisco, CA..

She was recognized with countless awards by the U.S. Department of State and Commerce, including the Secretary of Commerce’s Silver Medal for Outstanding Management.

The General Chamber of Commerce of Taiwan bestowed its Medal of Honor, First Class, she was one of five Americans to ever receive such an award at the time of the bestowment, The award was for her outstanding contributions in promoting Sino American trade and strengthening economic cooperation.

Lincoln University, San Francisco, conferred a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Degree for her work as a public servant and educator, and her achievements in U.S. International Relations working in the center of U.S. International Trades Programs.

She represented the U.S. Government in various capacities during her extensive official travels throughout the entire world.

The City of San Francisco presented her with the key to the city, an original cable car bell and named the date of her retirement, Betty Dickens Neuhart Day.

While her children were in grade school in Bellaire, she served as: President, Bellaire Child Guidance Society; Chairperson, Whitehouse conference on Education, Bellaire City School District; President, Bellaire Unit of the Wheeling YWCA; Chairperson of the International Relations Committee of the Wheeling Branch of the American Association of University Women; a Red Cross Gray Lady; and a member of the Wooster Alumni Board.

A lifelong Episcopalian, a few years ago, she funded a project to develop the history of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bellaire, Ohio. She is a lifetime member of the Bellaire High School Alumni Association and received its Civic Achievement Award.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Eleanor Dickens, preceded her in death. She is survived by her four children, Mark Dickens Neuhart, Bruce Neuhart, Paige Stan Harrell, Brooke Toth Perez and the “Apples of her Eye” her five grandchildren, Sara and Matthew Charles Neuhart, Elizabeth Dickens Harrell, Jonathan Harrell and Thomas Toth.

A life well lived, she was endowed with a great sense of humor and loved the sea, her flower garden, books, music, the theater and travel.

A devoted daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, Mother and Grandmother, a loyal friend, a true patriot, she is loved and will always be missed by all.
Pall Bearers are her sons, son-in-law and grandsons.
Honorary Pall Bearers are Mitch Larsen, Doug Woodward and Pat Lewis.

Family will receive friends, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 from 4p.m. –8p.m. at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio.

Friends received Thursday, May 15, 2008 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 553 43rd Street, Bellaire, Ohio from 9a.m. until time of funeral service at 10a.m. with Reverend John Brandenburg officiating.

Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery Bellaire, Ohio.
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Bruce Strong
8 years ago

Betty and I were friends and colleagues for almost 40 years. Occasionally we spoke on the telephone…most recently at the holidays last year. A few days ago, finding that I had misplaced her telephone number I asked a Commerce Department friend for it and learned from him of her passing. I wish Mary and I had known so that we could have attended her memorial service. We still have in our home a treasured figurine Betty and Paige gave us when they visited our apartment in Paris in the late ‘seventies. I shall miss Betty, as so many will, and I am grateful for having known her and happy about the full and immensely successful life she had. “Remembrance is a form of meeting.” Kahlil Gibran.

Sheila Mazur Kissell
8 years ago

Dear Mark, Bruce, Paige and Brooke,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families during this sad time. It has been so many years since we shared many happy memories as children. May God bless and be with you always. Know that I care. Sincerely, Sheila Mazur Kissell

Beth Baker
8 years ago

Mark, Sara and Matt,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of loss. May God bless and keep you close.


Richard, Beth, Riley & Ethan Baker

carlos a. perez
8 years ago

May God keep you in the palm of his hand. I will never forget you.

Lawrence A Walker
2 years ago

I knew Betty in San Francisco when I was managing director of the German-American Chamber of Commerce. Betty was the dean of the international trade community, very experienced and knowledgeable, a great human being and a great friend. I had been in the Foreign Service, Department of State, from 1980 to 1991, leaving the Service when I met my wife, then a citizen of China who had left China after Tiananmen, and lost my security clearance. I asked Betty for a written recommendation. Right after she received my letter requesting it, she called me right away, we talked, and she really came through for me. The reinstatement panel was impressed at her background, starting with the fact that she entered on duty as a State Department Foreign Service Officer in the 1960s, a time when a woman in the ranks was extremely rare. I am convinced that my reinstatement was in no small part because of her help. I tried to visit Betty in the spring of 2004, when I passed through Washington, DC, after my reinstatement, but I gathered from my conversation with her son that she was already quite ill. I did not hear of her passing until I searched for news of her just now. I just want to add my tribute to a good friend who played a significant role in my life.