Jonathan R Zall Betz-Zall

Profile Updated: April 9, 2020
Class of 1968
Residing In: Seattle, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Rose E Betz-Zall
Children, Grandchildren: Marissa, born 1977, David, born 1980
Occupation: Librarian, Instructor
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Jonathan Betz-Zall

Occupation/Career(s) Details:

College instructor (community colleges) since 2002, retired Dec 2018 Academic librarian since 2000, retired Dec 2016, Public librarian (mostly children's services) 1977-2000. Corporate librarian 1976-77, small business 1972-1974. Very active with American Library Association and Washington [state] Library Association, as well as peace and social justice organizations. Currently Board Treasurer of Community Coalition for Environmental Justice in Seattle since 2004.

Published Author, Writer

Over 150 book reviews in library professional publications, plus
Betz-Zall, J. (1998). "Meta-politics" at bright morning star. Communities, (100), 43-44.
Betz-Zall, J. (2002). "It takes a village...". Communities, (114), 31.

Different places I have lived:

Philadelphia, PA, Ogden, UT, San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA.

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Moved to SP in 1957 at the age of 7 years, left for college in 1968 but visit several times a year as my mother and one brother (Andy Zall SPHS '70) still reside there. My father retired from teaching at Cal State LA in the 1980s but began writing books at the Huntington Library until he died in 2010. My mother was a librarian for SP Public Library until laid off in 1978, then worked at the Huntington Library until retirement in the early 1990s. She served on the SP Animal Commission for many years.

Elementary school and junior high/middle school(s) that I attended.

Oneonta Elementary School 1956-1962, SP Junior High 1962-1965

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Andrew Zall, class of 1970, Barnaby Zall, class of 1971.

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Brad Bryce 1968, Melinda Chase Cook 1968, Eric Chase 1967, Walt Chesbro 1968, Barb Weismann 68, Robin Reed 69, Michael Wardlow 68, Harold Gerletti 68, Glenn Priest 68, Peter Gillies 68, Pamela Cawley Martinez 68, Patte Nafius 69, Gayle Flaherty 68, Lorie Luckenbill Billingham 68

School Memories:

Serving as Commissioner of Finance. I've served several nonprofit organizations as treasurer since then--SPHS got me started!
Working so hard to earn a varsity letter; finally earned one in Tennis just a few weeks before graduation!

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

Band, Bengals, various sports teams

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Got involved with Quakers in the late 1960s and am still very active with them.

What's happening in my life now:

Teaching environmental science to community college students, many from other countries. Also teach in the Library & Information Services program, training library technicians and school librarians, like good old Mrs. Phair.
Supporting an Environmental Justice organization in Seattle, advocating clean air and water for everyone, not just the wealthy.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Go to lots of meetings!

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Pat Humphries, Carrie Newcomer. I co-lead a neighborhood sing-along group that performs each year at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. We use the "Rise Up Singing" songbook which works great if you have a good memory for tunes.

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