and most of all, very understanding. She became not only a mentor and a
teacher, but also a true friend.
When I transferred from Glendale College to USC, she willingly
adjusted my hours so I could continue working at the News-Press while
commuting to USC. She shared my family's pride when awards and honors
happened to come my way.
I graduated from USC with a degree in journalism and four years of
professional experience. The latter was possible because of Betty's
cooperation, inspiration and influence on my life. With both a degree and
four years of on-the-job- training (again, thanks to Betty), I went on to
a 40-year career with the Los Angeles Times.
She might have been from Michigan originally, but she cared deeply
about this community, about her work at the News-Press and Foothill
Leader and about her family and friends.
She touched many lives, and I wanted to note my own personal
experience as an example of how Betty Preston lived her own life --
helping and caring about others.
Thanks, my dear friend.
ALEENE BARNES MacMINN