Betsy Ann M. Foxwell

 

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Betsy Ann M. Foxwell

The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge regrets to inform you of the passing on January 22, 2014 of its president, Betsy Ann M. (nee Meerschaut) Foxwell, 75, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Foxwell helped to found the Kalo Foundation in 2006, and served as president until her death. A native of Chicago’s South Side, she attended Lake Forest College, where she joined Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a creative and inspirational teacher of eighth grade gifted children in the Chicago Public Schools for 37 ½ years, including nearly two decades at DeWitt Clinton School on the North Side. She was a recipient of the Kate Maremont Foundation Dedicated Teachers Award.

After her “official” retirement, she started her own educational not-for-profit program, Chicago
Area Problem Solving (CAPS), providing critical thinking curriculum for elementary and high school classrooms. She also worked with Decatur Classical School’s history fair team and with the Chicago Metro History Fair.
    
She and her husband, Warren R. Foxwell, were long-time residents of Park Ridge. She was a member
of: the Twentieth Century Club and its foundation, scholarship chairman for the Park Ridge Panhellenic
Club, and worked with fundraisers for projects ranging from the Northwestern University Settlement,
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, to the Park Ridge Youth Campus where she helped with their
annual designer showcase home tours. She also was part of the Maine Center Auxiliary’s Christmas
House Tour committee for many years. She was secretary for Brickton Art Center.

In the Park Ridge Jaycee Women’s Club, she served as president in 1975-76; that same year the Park
Ridge Men’s and Women’s Jaycees both won “Outstanding Chapter” for the state of Illinois. In 2009-
11 she served as a member of the Park Ridge City Centennial committee. She was named a Park Ridge
Community Star by the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

 She made many friends in many places.

She was inspired by the example of Clara Barck Welles, an artist, suffragist, entrepreneur and founder
of the silversmith businesses, Kalo Arts and Crafts Community House and the Kalo Shop, which got their
start in Park Ridge. Mrs. Foxwell devoted herself to reintroducing the city to many dozens of influential
artists and craftspeople who were part of the Park Ridge Artists Colony and its successor organizations.

Under her leadership, the Kalo Foundation has hosted exhibits (most impressively “It Starts With the
Arts” in May 2010), programs, and special events to celebrate local arts history. In 2011, after nine
months of fundraising, the Kalo Foundation was able to purchase the Alfonso Iannelli home and studios
(The Iannelli Studios Heritage Center) at 255-257 North Northwest Highway, now a Park Ridge landmark
and a heritage center where the city’s art legacy can be shared. The project earned a Governor’s Home
Town Award for 2011.

Mrs. Foxwell is survived by her husband, Warren; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leo G. and
Elizabeth Foxwell, nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren; and many friends.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Kalo Foundation, 255 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge IL
60068, www.kalofoundation.org.

       



 


The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge

255 N. Northwest Hwy.

Park Ridge, IL  60068