Betty Barlow McDermott, age 77,
died Thursday, October 9th after a long illness. She was born
in Orange, New Jersey and had been a resident of Austin since
1980. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband,
Steve McDermott. Survivors include her son, William Schulte
of Austin; her sisters, Barbara Borg of Baltimore, Maryland,
Frances Latham of Norwalk, Connecticut and Marjorie Barlow
of San Angelo, Texas; six nephews and two nieces.
Throughout her life Betty was dedicated to sharing her gift
of music with others. She began her formal music education,
age 15, at the Oberlin college Conservatory of Music in Oberlin,
Ohio, culminating her studies with a Masters Degree. She
was a public school music educator in East Hampton, Long
Island, New York, a violin teacher as well as a performer,
and a composer publishing 17 music books of violin music
and musicals for elementary school age children, using her
maiden name, Betty Barlow. In Austin she was a charter member
of the Silver Strings, a group of retired people who give
concers for churches and other groups in the community. Betty
arranged music and original pieces for this oganization.
She was also a member of the Wednesday Morning Music Club,
music teacher organizations, and supported the Austin Symphony
Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera.
Betty was an active member of Faith Presbyterian
Church who will be remembered for her interest in the Women
of the Church Circle as a member and Bible Study Leader.
For many years she prepared the elements for communion and
the candles burning each Sunday on