Betty Katherine Permetter Falato

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Betty Katherine Permetter Falato

Betty Katherine Permetter Falato grew up in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, in Pottawatomie County, and attended the county schools. She was among the first students who integrated the high school in Earlsboro after the Brown v. Board decision. Betty holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

During her career in air transportation, Betty served at various Federal Aviation Administration locations and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC. She taught air traffic control data system specialists; managed National Airspace System (NAS) projects, led NAS system engineering teams, conducted studies and wrote management and technical reports, and served as a human relations consultant. Betty also spent one year at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She joined several professional organizations and received several awards during her career.

In her community service, Betty has volunteered in diverse groups to improve community life for everyone. For example, she volunteered at the Oklahoma City Urban League, Oklahoma City YWCA, Oklahoma County Libraries, and the Washington Interfaith Network in DC. After retiring from the FAA, Betty began researching and writing about school desegregation and supporting museums that deal with education and history. Her community service awards include a commendation from the Oklahoma governor for service to Oklahoma (2007) and the Florence Drake Award from the Pottawatomie County Historical Society (2010) for publishing new county history about black schools.