The Nyack community received news today of the passing of legendary Nyack College alumna, Betty Knopp (’39). Her daughter notified the President’s Office that after having been in the hospital for the past few days, she “went peacefully” at 3:30 a.m.
Mrs. Knopp retired in August 2005 from her position as Church Relations Assistant at the Rockland County campus for the past 15 years and moved to a retirement community in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Without question, that transition left a tremendous void in public relations for Nyack. With her desk in the lobby of Shuman Hall, every visitor to this administrative building received the royal treatment from this gracious greeter. She wore many hats in God’s call on her life, but ambassador for Christ was chief among her roles.
Another of Betty’s claims to fame was her handwritten notes. She penned nearly 400 notes each year to alumni and friends of the college. Following her departure this past summer, members of the college community rallied to the call to write to her each week. A roster of volunteers received their assigned dates with follow-up reminders from Cindy Reeder, Administrative Assistant to the Interim President and Executive VP/Treasurer, David Jennings.
Though her retirement prepared us for her absence, we know today that our loss is heaven’s gain! Betty Knopp is home with her Lord.