Elizabeth Caldwell Hastings M.D. (1917 - 2017)

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Elizabeth Caldwell Hastings MD (Betsy), an early female in medicine, passed away the 18th of February, 2017 at age 100 surrounded by friends at Vista del Monte, Santa Barbara. A woman of grace and wisdom, she was born Jan 4, 1917 in Spencer, NY to the Reverend Albert Oscar Caldwell and wife Minnie Grace. She graduated from Abbot in MA; Mt. Holyoke College in 1938; and with Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1943, as one of the few women to attend medical school in that era. Married to Dr. T. Newlin Hastings by her father Jan 4, 1944 she practiced as a Pediatric physician in LA County clinics. In 1988 she and Newlin moved from San Marino to Montecito, CA. She was preceded in death by Newlin in 2008. Loved and revered for non-judgmental support and encouragement of others to live their lives according to their own hearts and drives she is survived by her 4 children (Anne and Kim Perkins of Montecito CA, Hill and Bettie Hastings of Telluride CO, Kathy and Mike Bradford of Zephyr Cove NV, Newlin and Liz Hastings of Paso Robles; 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Donations in her memory can be made to the Thacher School Scholarship fund and Direct Relief.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Feb. 28 to Mar. 4, 2017