SCOTIA — Dr. Elizabeth "Betty" Veeder toasted her 100th birthday on Saturday.
Veeder — who has supported several educational, health care and community service organizations throughout her life — marked the occasion with family and health care friends at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia.
"We've celebrated Betty's birthday for quite a few years as a family, when we used to come up here to visit, just fond memories of her as I was growing up," said Chris Veeder of Fort Worth Texas, Dr. Veeder's nephew. "I used to spend summers up here, Betty used to take me on trips, like the first time I went to New York City on the train."
Priscilla Veeder added to her husband's memories of the doctor's birthday parties.
"We would always have a birthday party at the lake [Assembly Point on Lake George]," Priscilla Veeder said. "There would be hats, balloons, a cake, singing, a bottle of champagne and always a blue box from Tiffany's. Every year, she would be like 'A blue box!' as if she wasn't expecting the blue box was going to come."
Among Veeder's accomplishments:
- Earned her degree in biology from Smith College in 1939.
- Graduated from Albany Medical College, where she earned her doctor of medicine degree.
- Received her internal medicine certificate from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine.
- Completed her residency at Ellis Hospital.
- Worked at Skidmore College as head of health services for six years.
- Served as staff physician at General Electric Industrial Clinic in Schenectady.
- Served as physician of the women's college of Duke University.
- Served as physician at Wellesley College in the health services department in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She remained at Wellesley for more than 20 years, retiring at 65 and returning to Scotia.
- Member of Mohawk Golf Club for the past 77 years.
- Active member on the board of the Girls Club, both locally and in New York City.
Chris Veeder said Betty Veeder was an aviation buff who learned to fly as a young woman. During World War II, Veeder said, the young flier was contacted by armed forces officials and asked to consider flying bomber planes. Her parents, Carl and Florence McMurray Veeder, decided their daughter would stick to her medical studies.
Chris Veeder also his aunt was on the board of trustees for the Ingersoll Memorial Home, now known as Ingersoll Place. He said Dr. Veeder was in her 80s and would often say she was going to Ingersoll to check on the "old people."
Betty Veeder was still doing her income taxes — and visiting Dunkin' Donuts — in her 90s.