Obituary of Marie Elisabeth (Betty) Croly, FAICP

Marie Elisabeth (Betty) Croly, FAICP

Betty Croly, former AICP commissioner, APA board member, and long-time historian of APA’s California Chapter, died December 5, 2010, at the age of 87.

Ms. Croly was honored in 2008 by the chapter for extraordinary commitment to planning history and lifetime achievement in service to APA. She was a member of the AICP Commission and the APA Board of Directors in the 1980s. She served on the California Chapter board in numerous positions and became the chapter’s first historian in 1988.

In 2000, Ms. Croly was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her nominators recognized her for initiating the AICP Historic Landmark Pioneer Program in 1985.

Ms. Croly was a resident of Berkeley, California, since 1948, and her planning career began in the 1950s. Her longest tenure as a practicing planner was with Alameda County, California, from 1969 to 1998, where she served as assistant planning director before her retirement.

She is survived by a brother, two sisters, three nephews, and two godchildren.

A memorial service is being planned.