June 5 – Happy Birthday Dick Betz

rbetz2It is not an exaggeration to refer to Dick Betz as one of the most well liked Amsterdam natives of his generation. He was much loved and respected by so many students fortunate enough to have had him for political science during the 33 years he taught that subject in the Greater Amsterdam School District. Ditto for the hundreds of student athletes he coached in golf and wrestling. He also became a mentor to many young Amsterdam educators who strived to emulate the vitality he injected into the learning process. He was a popular member of the Muni Golf Course and a much respected advocate for the facility.  Although he did not take as active a role in his family’s business as his Dad, Mom and Brothers, he was definitely a key component in the funeral home’s legacy for caring and compassion. Perhaps the greatest testament to how much he cared about this community and the people in it was the fact that after he retired from teaching, he didn’t leave. Instead he continued to help so many folks…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam-born educator in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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