Betty Wingate Orbeck (1929-2004)

April 13, 2011

Betty Wingate Orbeck organized Ector County Historical Survey Committee in 1958 and was co-founder of Permian Historical Society, serving as its executive vice president from 1958 to 1962 and as its archivist until 1978. She worked eight years as research assistant for Dr. Samuel D. Myres as he wrote a two-volume petroleum history of the Permian Basin.

She was the first archivist at Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame and remained in that position from 1976 until retirement. She was a local historian who was always willing to help researchers.

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