Elizabeth (Betty) McGrath Krucker, Class of 1931 (deceased)
Arizona Pioneer, Community Activist
Betty graduated with honors from Tucson High in 1931. Her involvement and contributions at Tucson High included: Cactus Chronicle, 4 years and senior editor from 1930-31; Latin Forum, 2 years; French Club, 4 years; Tuc-Hi, 4 years; Allegro Club, 4 years; Southern Arizona Music Club Contest, 4 years; Dramatic Owl, 4 years; Lucky Jade, 4 years; Girls Chorus, 4 years, and National Honor Society.
Betty graduated from the University of Arizona in 1935 with a degree in psychology where she was a member of Mortar board and received an honorary women’s letter award about 15 years ago.
Betty was a long time community volunteer. During World War II, she worked for the American Smelting & Refinery Company and volunteered in the evening to meet and serve the troop trains that were passing through Tucson. She also was a reporter for the Tucson Citizen and wrote many feature stories for the Citizen.
Some of Betty’s accomplishments and recognitions: Tucson’s Woman of the Year in 1956, President of the Junior League in 1954-55, Tucson Fund Raising Review Board 1960-1988, Salvation Army Advisory Board – 15 years and Chairman in 1985, Tucson Community Council President in 1954, Family Counseling Agency recognition award, Opera Guild – one of the founders and an honorary lifetime member, Chair – Joint Hospital Drive for St. Mary’s and TMC, National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators, represented Arizona in 1960 at the White House Conference on Children and Youth, recognized by Family Counseling Agency for volunteer services, recognized by the National Association for Mental Health for volunteer services. Betty was a Dona of Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson.
Betty was married to the late Honorable Judge Herbert F. Krucker: Pima County Superior and Chief Judge of the Arizona Court Appeals. Betty’s brother, Thomas Patrick McGrath, was inducted into the Tucson High Badger Hall of Fame in 2002. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was lost in submarine duty in World War II.