February 19, 1918August 19, 2013

Elizabeth “Betty” Kellogg February 19, 1918-August 19, 2013

An innovative educator, a gifted photographer, family “earth mother,” and an inspiring life-force for those who knew her personally, Elizabeth “Betty” Kellogg remained active and fiercely independent until her passing at 95 at her longtime family residence. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, her Norwegian-American family moved to L.A. when she was a child. She received a B.A. in English (minor in Art) from UCLA, and met her husband, William Kellogg while they were both graduate students at UC Berkeley. She began teaching at the high school level, and settled in Pacific Palisades, California where Will developed his distinguished career as a research meteorologist. Will’s appointment as a Senior Scientist (to become future Associate Director) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research brought the family to Boulder in 1964, where she became one of the first Head Start teachers in Boulder County. Combining her two passions, early childhood education and photography, she published her first book, Following Through with Young Children (1969). Her great gift, the ability to capture images of children in candid moments of intense curiosity and engagement was the hallmark that continued in her role as Documentarian in the 1970’s for the Mountain View Center for Environmental education, developed by Frances and David Hawkins. At the age of 90, she began writing her second (two volume) book, David Hawkins and the Pond Study and David and Frances Hawkins and the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education (2010). The work makes a lasting contribution to understanding the legacy of the Hawkins’ groundbreaking work in early childhood experiential education, both in the wealth of Betty’s beautiful photos and her incisive analysis. She maintained her close association with The Journey School, which continues to incorporate Hawkins’ philosophy of early childhood education, until the end. In 2009 she was honored with the Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award given by Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children. Betty’s oldest friends and family call her “Thor” (from her maiden name of Thorson), and the association with the Norse god of thunder and lightning is appropriate, given her unflagging energy and continual creative resourcefulness. Not surprisingly, she was named one of the “Spunky Women of Boulder” by the Butcher Foundation is 2007. In addition to her contribution to early childhood education, she was devoted to her family and adored working and “playing” with them on the mountain property they all loved. Betty/Thor is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, two step grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and her beloved basset hound Boo. Tributes can be posted and viewed via the following Contributions in her memory can be sent to The Boulder Journey School (to be earmarked for scholarships for low-income students), 1919 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder Colorado 80304.



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margaret howard

April 20, 2014

there has not been a day that I have not
thought of you and treasured our friendship. I am sure your children will miss you sorely

Eleanor Montour

September 3, 2013

Betty truly was a great compassionate person. I met her shortly after the death of my husband. My 3 young daughters benefitted so much from knowing her and the staff that she had. I eventually remarried and has a son who is now 42 years old. When I asked him if he remember Betty from Headstart, he replied "yes, she bought me the blocks that are in the basement" Tony had such great times with his blocks and they have been used by my grandchildren and now my great grandchildren. I have told the story of how one day before he was a student, we went to the class and Betty had moved the boxes of blocks and when we arrived she watched Tony carefully until he found where they had put the boxes. She said "I knew he would find them, he is so smart". This is just a short summary of the goodness that Betty did in her life while involved with education, children and parents. She touched us all in a special way and we were are blessed to have her in our lives. Thanks to all her family for sharing her with us. May God comfort you all in this time of loss, but know that she is meeting with old friends and being greeted with lots of love and laughter.

Cynthia Gray

August 27, 2013

Marion Thurnauer

August 27, 2013

Marion Thurnauer

August 27, 2013

August 26, 2013

When Uncle Dick told me at our family reunion in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2000 that his cousin Betty lived in Boulder that I should contact her, little did I know what a wonderful lady would I meet! Betty welcomed my whole family into her life and introduced us to her incredibly talented, loving and fun family. The first time I met Betty in person, she even had dog treats under a silver dish on the buffet table to make even our puppies feel loved. We will miss her, but are so grateful for her enriching our lives.

Bruce & Genie Miller Silverthorne, CO

Howard Page

August 26, 2013

Ahhh.. Thor.. The world is slightly poorer since your passing. You will always have a special place on our heart. You will be missed.


August 25, 2013

My sincere condolences.May the God of all comfort give you the strength to cope.Isiah 25:8.

Lark Powers

August 23, 2013

Thank you for your constant support for our piano playing - you made us feel so loved and appreciated. You were a grandmother to us! Love, Lark and Ricardo

M & A Thurnauer/Trifunac

August 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing your love, wisdom, humor, joy, family, and your beloved BOO.
We will miss you so very much.

Marion and Sasha