Elizabeth Munro Seelinger deBedts was born in Norfolk in 1925. She attended Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University) where she played on the women's basketball team before transferring to Mary Washington College. She graduated in 1949 with a degree in biology. Elizabeth went on to earn a degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She became a Professor and librarian at Old Dominion University where she met her husband Dr. Ralph F. deBedts, a history professor. Upon their retirement in 1979, Elizabeth and her husband traveled and lived in England for several years before returning to Norfolk. Elizabeth passed away in December of 2014. She remembered fondly her time at Mary Washington and established this scholarship through her estate to assist students achieve a college education.
Photo: Elizabeth Seelinger 1949 Yearbook