An Obituary: Betty B. Drouilhet

January 3, 2023
Betty B. Drouilhet

Betty B. Drouilhet, a resident of Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in the presence of her three children, Ann, Stephen, and Susan.

Betty was born and raised in Somerset, Pennsylvania. As a young woman, she aspired to be a doctor, and she received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Not able to afford medical school, she worked as a medical technician in Philadelphia, where she met her future husband, Paul Drouilhet, on New Year’s Eve 1953. She and Paul married in 1954 and ultimately settled in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they lived until moving to Bedford in 2011. Paul and Betty were married for 63 years until Paul’s death in 2018.

While primarily focused on being a homemaker and raising her three children, Betty was a kind and generous person who contributed in a variety of ways to her community. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters, the Follen Church in Lexington, and then the First Parish in Bedford. 

She combined her passion for medicine, books, and libraries by volunteering as an assistant research librarian in several medical libraries, including the library at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. She also volunteered for several years in the library of the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.

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