College Mourns the Passing of Bettye Jo Mastrine

Long time executive assistant served three presidents

January 17, 2012 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, Jan. 17, 2012 – Bettye Jo Mastrine, executive assistant to the president of the college and a member of The College of Wooster family for more than three decades, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, at her home. She was 62.

“Bettye Jo, a consummate professional as executive assistant to the president, has been a vital part of this College’s life for more than 30 years, serving three presidents with skill, dedication, discretion, and not least, humor,” said President Grant Cornwell. “She loved this special place and its people, and we, in turn, loved her. As a newcomer to both The College of Wooster and the presidency, I learned a tremendous amount from Bettye Jo, for which I will always be grateful. I will miss her greatly.”

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in McGaw Chapel, 340 E. University St., on The College of Wooster campus. Pastor Candace Thomas and the Rev. Linda Morgan-Clement will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Mastrine began her service to the college in the secretarial services department in 1979. In 1982 she became secretary to the dean of admissions. In 1984 she moved to the president’s office, where she remained for the next 27 years, serving three college presidents: Henry J. Copeland from 1984 to 1995, R. Stanton Hales from 1995 to 2007, and Grant H. Cornwell from 2007 until her death.

A complete obituary will appear in The Daily Record on Wednesday.