Bethine Church

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Bethine Church-From the Frank Church Insitute

Bethine Church, served on The Wilderness Society governing council from 1993-2013.

Bethine served as Chair of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University, which includes the Endowed Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs and endows a professorship. The Institute also provided scholarships in Frank Church’s name.

Most recently she retired as the President and Founder of the Sawtooth Society, which was formed to repair infrastructure and to protect the Sawtooth Valley and assure compatible development within central Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area and she served as an Emeritus Member of the Board.  

She was Honorary Co-Chair of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Formerly, she also served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Home Care, on the Idaho State Democratic Party Finance Committee, and was co-chair of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Visions Management Seminar.

Bethine was an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Capital Historical Society. She also is past director in the Boise Philharmonic Association and Past President of the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

Bethine received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, an Honorary Doctorate degree from Boise State University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lewis and Clark State College. 

Bethine has authored a book, A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics, which deals with all the years of her life and her family’s in politics. Bethine has been a delegate to several national Democratic conventions and served as the Chair of the Delegation in Los Angeles, 40 years after her husband, the late Senator Frank Church, had given the keynote address there for John F. Kennedy.

She passed away in December, 2013.