Tuesday, October 30, 2012

RIP Betty Anne McCaskill, Missouri Politician and Advocate for Women

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:40 AM

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Betty Anne McCaskill as a young woman, around the time she got interested in public service. - IMAGE VIA
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  • Betty Anne McCaskill as a young woman, around the time she got interested in public service.

But by 1970, McCaskill had become well-known enough within the state Democratic party that Governor Warren E. Hearns appointed her to the Missouri Commission on the Status of Women. As a member of the commission, she examined the roles and opportunities available to women in business, government and education and made recommendations for improvement.

Apparently McCaskill decided to take her own advice: The following year, she became the first women elected to the Columbia City Council.

Though McCaskill's one bid for state office was unsuccessful -- in 1978, after a move to Springfield, she ran for state legislature against Leroy Blunt (father of the other current Missouri senator) -- she continued to hold a number of appointed offices, including Springfield Region Director of Census and president of the board of director for William Woods University, which she'd attended before transferring to Mizzou. In 2008, the Boone County Democrats established the Betty Anne McCaskill Glass Ceiling Scholarship for young women who take an active role in the party.

In 1982, when her husband became ill, McCaskill took over as the family breadwinner and began a 20-year career as a financial consultant for Waddell & Reed, an asset management firm in Kansas City.

After her retirement, McCaskill moved to St. Louis to live and campaign with Claire.

In addition to Claire, she is survived by two other daughters, Anne Moroh and Lisa Finn; a son, Will McCaskill; six grandchildren and her caregiver, Sarah Dalton. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 4, at 3 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the Betty Anne McCaskill Scholarship Fund, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

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