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68 Years of Government Service

Most readers were not born in 1941. This long-time federal employee was just starting out in a federal career that spanned more than 6 decades.

Most readers were not yet born in 1941. Many federal employees that were born in the 1940’s are now retiring. The vast majority of people who make a career out of working for the federal government do not work for 68 years. But here is one employee who has done that.

Betty Ward started her long career as a federal employee in 1941. She reported for work at the Department of Agriculture during the early years of World War II.

Ms. Wars later worked as Adult Education Research Assistant and Deputy Director of the African-American Affairs Staff at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and the Office of Education from 1956 – 1986. Since 1986, she has served as International Education Policy Specialist with the Department of Education’s International and Territorial Services Staff and has attended the Third World Conference on Adult Education in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Consultant Conference on University Adult Education in Accra, Ghana, the International Federation of University Women’s Conference in Tokyo, Japan and Stirling, Scotland, and the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

She is a Past President of the American Association of University Women’s D.C. Branch and was President of the Adult Education Association of the USA in 1975-1976. She retired from the Department of Education, International Affairs Office.