Why I Give: Christian Science and Principia Connections
“I find great reward in supporting Principia,” says Betty Barker, who has given generously for many years. “I’ve had a remarkable life and attribute it to Christian Science and the many connections I’ve made through Principia.” In recognition of Betty’s steadfast devotion to Principia, she was made an honorary alum in 2004.
Betty attended Wilson College in Pennsylvania, a women’s school at the time. Following graduation, she married and had two boys. When they reached school age, Betty entered the work force as one of the first female industrial designers in the United States, working for companies in the Chicago area. She later founded her own industrial design company in New York City, and projects took her all over the world. “I met remarkable people,” she comments, “including former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.”
After many years in a professional career, Betty began receiving calls for treatment in Christian Science. “I never thought I would enter the public practice of Christian Science,” she notes. “The practice truly came to me—I didn’t go to it.”
Betty attended Summer Session at Principia. “I recommend it highly,” she says. “I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and interaction with those attending.” She also visited the College when former President Jimmy Carter and then-United States Senator Barack Obama spoke on campus. “And I particularly enjoy following the progress of the solar car,” Betty adds.
Betty supports other key initiatives as well. She gave funds for the mediation team’s 2013 trip to Dubai to participate in the Inaugural Dubai Invitational Mediation Tournament. And she’s thrilled about the Institute for the Metaphysics of Physics, directed by Dr. Laurance Doyle. “He is wonderful with students,” she comments. “They will learn so much from him.”
“I think of Principia all the time,” Betty comments. “There is much good going on, and I’m grateful to support it.”