ECU alumna Betsy Justus leaves legacy of service

East Carolina University alumna Betsy Young Justus ’67 of Raleigh died July 9.

Justus was the first woman chair of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, the first woman secretary for the N.C. Department of Revenue and founder/president of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association. She also served as senior vide president of business development for ACS Enterprise Solutions and vice president at Alphanumeric System. Among her community activities included service as president of the Greater Hickory United Way, president of the National Association of Employment Security Administrators and chair of the board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Justus was recognized by Gov. Jim Hunt with the Distinguished Women of North Carolina Business and Professional Award. She received a number of honors including Woman of the Year in 1981 and 1981 in the Hickory area, the N.C. Academy of Women Award and the Women in Business Award from the Triangle Business Journal.

Survivors included husband Edward Dale Justus, son Bradford Scott Justus and daughter-in-law Amy, and grandsons Grant and Matthew.

Read more about Justus and her service to the state of North Carolina in the News and Observer. Visit the guestbook for condolences and memories.