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College Honors the Memory of Betty Shaffer at Lady Quaker Basketball Game

45-Year Employee Was a Fixture in Fred Raizk Arena

February 14, 2013

Former WC President Dan DiBiasio (left) and Terry Rupert, director of athletics, praise Betty Shaffer during the pregame ceremony.

Former WC President Dan DiBiasio (left) and Terry Rupert, director of athletics, praise Betty Shaffer during the pregame ceremony.

Betty Shaffer was a fixture at Lady Quaker basketball games for many years, sitting in the same seat and rarely missing a game. She felt a great deal of joy with the team’s success.

A College employee for 45 years, her presence at Fred Raizk Arena has been missing for two basketball seasons. She died Dec. 7, 2011, following a brief illness.

Wednesday night (Feb. 13), when the women’s basketball team hosted Ohio Northern University, Shaffer’s memory was honored with a ceremony that designated her favorite seat with a brass plaque.

A number of her friends and colleagues attended the ceremony and enjoyed a halftime reception, including her former boss, President Dan DiBiasio, now president at Ohio Northern, for whom she served as assistant to the president during his 16 years at WC (1995 to 2011).

DiBiasio spoke of Shaffer as one that “meant so much to me and to Wilmington College. He was part of a group of WC administrators and staff members that regularly watched Quaker basketball sitting in close proximity to one another.

(LEFT) Betty Shaffer

“Betty was a big basketball fan, but she especially liked the women’s team,” he said. “So it is fitting to have this dedication at a women’s game and to acknowledge Coach Jerry Scheve and the strong tradition he has established here.”

DiBiasio noted that the course of competitive basketball games would, on occasion, transform Shaffer from her usual mild mannered self to, well, a partisan sports fan.

“Those who knew Betty will recall that her demeanor was soft-spoken and polite — except during basketball games when she thought a referee made a bad call. She could be downright wicked then!”

“DiBiasio said he misses Shaffer and “commends the College for preserving her memory and her love of Quaker basketball and Wilmington College.”