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In Memory Of Our Poets

Betty Katherine Price (Swift) (1923-2017) - Class Of 1940

Betty Price Swift, former naval intelligence budget officer, died of pneumonia on January 15, 2017.

Mrs. Swift was born in Montgomery in 1923. During World War II, she worked at Maxwell Air Force Base in organizations which trained Royal Air Force and U.S. pilots. After the war she worked in the newly established Air University. In 1952, Mrs. Swift moved to Northern Virginia and worked as an editor for Army Intelligence. In 1961, she accompanied her husband, Lt.Col. Vaughn Swift, to Heidelberg, Germany, where she became a contracting officer for the U.S. Army, Europe. Upon her return to the United States, she worked as a program analyst and budget officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of Naval Intelligence. She and her husband retired to Longboat Key, Florida. In 1983 following the death of Lt. Col. Swift, Mrs. Swift returned to Washington and became financial manager of the Naval Intelligence Command. She retired again in 1991 and maintained homes in Arlington, Sarasota, Florida, and Montgomery.

Mrs. Swift was a graduate of the University of Maryland. She held the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service award and the Naval Intelligence Neilsen Award.

Survivors include her sister, Jean Price Lewis, her great nieces Kristin Henderson and Karin Blom, and her great nephew Patrick Lewis.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Jan. 18, 2017.