Thursday, October 24, 2002

Obituary: Betty B. Ames

Wrote platform of Charter Party

By Rebecca Billman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Betty B. Ames, former president of Planned Parenthood of Cincinnati and board member of the Charter Committee, died Oct. 4 at her home in Santa Fe, N.M.

The longtime Clifton resident was 95.

Mrs. Ames served on the Cincinnati Scholarship Committee and, as a board member of the Charter Committee, wrote the party's platform.

She was also a founder of the Clifton Senior Center and the Clifton Town Meeting.

She organized the latter in 1960 when Clifton neighbors were fighting a proposed widening of Clifton Avenue.

Under her leadership, the Town Meeting formed a planning and zoning committee.

For a while, she wrote a bi-monthly column for the Clifton Town Meeting Bulletin.

Mrs. Ames was the widow of Van Meter Ames, professor of philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and chairman of its philosophy department.

Mrs. Ames lived in Honolulu, Paris and Tokyo during her husband's fellowships.

She was born in Cincinnati to Harry C. and Rita Oskamp Breneman.

Mrs. Ames graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in 1929.

Her husband of 55 years died in 1985.

She moved to Santa Fe in 1994.

Survivors include: a son, Sanford S. Ames of Clifton; two daughters, Christine A. Cornish of La Jolla, Calif., and Damaris Ames of Santa Fe; two sisters, Josephine Buchanan of Appleton, Wis., and Charlee Blaine of Cincinnati; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

There will be no memorial services.

Memorials can be sent to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., Attention: Member Services, 810 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019; or the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association Inc., Suite 1100, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-1676.


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