A very sad day, Betty in her time did a great deal to help me and she was always sweet to those around her. She was a vital part of George Mason University, the Center for Study of Public Choice, and above all the efforts of Jim Buchanan. Here is part of an obituary:
Betty Hall Tillman peacefully went to be with her Lord on October 2, 2013. She is survived by her children Angela Tillman, Gary Tillman and George Tillman and also one who she loved as a son Lloyd Bryant. Her grand-children Brent Tillman, Deni Sheppard Smith, Dara Lashley, Jeri Tillman, Nickolia and Luca Tillman. Her great-grandchildren Landon and Matthew Sheppard, Devyn Lashley.
She worked for economist James Buchanan for many years. He hired her in July 1961 at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Political Economy at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA. They later moved the center to Va Tech, Blacksburg, VA and he took her with him. In 1983 they then moved the center to George Mason, Fairfax, Va. She did not retire until 2007 at the age of 80. She loved the people she had met from all over the world over the years she was there and never felt like this was a job. She loved it and they loved her too. Some in an interview said about her: “Betty Tillman is the glue—or cement—that makes the center work. She’s jokingly known as the ‘First Lady of Public Choice”, “The center has a family atmosphere thanks to Betty Tillman, better known as ‘Momma Betty.’ “Betty is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with.”