HALL OF FAME
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Father Paul Betowski, SJ
Father Edward Paul Betowski, S.J., was born on May 18,
1915 in Waverly, NY. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1936 from
Georgetown University. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1937.
As a Jesuit he studied philosophy and science. He also
taught mathematics and physics at Loyola College in Baltimore. His theological
studies were conducted from 1945 to 1949 when he was ordained a priest in the
Before coming to White Sands Missile Range in June
1970, Betowski taught at Georgetown University and served as Assistant
Director of Admissions and Director of Residence Life at Loyola College.
At White Sands, Betowski served as the Catholic
Religious Education Coordinator from 1970 to 1984 and as the full-time
Catholic Chaplain from 1984 to 2002.
Betowski doesn't fit the mold of most people in the
hall of fame that is loaded with engineers, scientists and technicians. One
nominator said, "He never fired a missile and he probably lost most of his
budget battles, but no one did more to weave the fabric of the WSMR
Betowski operated at White Sands outside the normal
day-to-day operations. He is credited with being there after hours and on
weekends "fostering community, fellowship and spirituality" for more than 30
years - more than half the life of White Sands. His contributions are hard to
quantify except in the testimony of the many people whose lives he touched.
His nomination package is filled with statements such
"He was the rock which I knew I could count on for the
strength and guidance I needed to live my life and do my job."
"Although I am not of the Catholic religion, he was
always there for me when I was having problems."
"His spirituality, easy going personality and
friendliness made it very comfortable for me to approach him in any period of
"Father B was always there, for the sad occasions and
for the happy occasions."
"He was able to provide outstanding counseling and
ministry that tended to relieve the stress of working at White Sands."
"We were all brought together under one roof and under
one spirituality via Father B's consistency, strength and charisma."
Betowski died on March 11, 2002.