Betty Ann Landes, 85, of Scarsdale, wife of the late Milton H. Landes, died July 14. Born in New York City and raised in New Rochelle, Mrs. Landes was a Scarsdale resident for 54 years. She was the daughter of the late Albert Pozner and Rose Lieberman.
Mrs. Landes graduated from New York University with a B.A. in early childhood education. After teaching for a year, she turned her energy and attention to raising her children and volunteering in Scarsdale and surrounding communities. A truly caring and dedicated person, she was a passionate volunteer who gave 100% of her time and energy into making the community a better place.
The short list of her volunteer activities includes the following: Trustee and president of the Scarsdale Foundation, officer of the League of Women Voters, board member of Westchester-Putnam Girls Scout Council, president of Fox Meadow PTA, vice president of the PTA Council, chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Scarsdale High School PTA, board member of Scarsdale Edgemont United Way, board member of the Scarsdale/Hartsdale Women’s Interfaith Council, board member of Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service, member of the Kids’ BASE Nominating Committee, member of the STEP Advisory Board, member of the board of directors of the Scarsdale Auxiliary of the White Plains Hospital Center, member of the Scarsdale Community 300th Anniversary Committee, member of Campaign Committee 2000 for the Scarsdale Non-Partisan Party and board member of Scarsdale Friends of Music and the Arts.
In March of 1989, Mrs. Landes was awarded the Scarsdale Bowl at the 47th annual Scarsdale Bowl Award dinner. At the time she was the 50th person to receive Scarsdale’s most prestigious civic award.
In an article in The Inquirer about Mrs. Landes’ Scarsdale Bowl win, she was quoted as saying, “There is no reason to say no when there are organizations or people who need a helping hand.”
At Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, Mrs. Landes was a trustee, co-chair of the Outreach Committee, committee member of Synagogue 2000 and co-chair of the temple’s Thanksgiving Dinners for the Blind. She was a proud board member of the Women of Reform Judaism, the WRT Membership Committee and the WRT Caring Community.
Members of WRJ who worked closely with Mrs. Landes compiled tributes to their friend. “Bette was an extraordinary woman — a leader, a gentle force whose contributions throughout the years cannot be measured. [She was] a supporter of all we do,” said one WRJ colleague. Another said, “Bette was an incredible person, a leader in every sense of the word. From WRJ to choir, social action, and much more, Bette was there."
Mrs. Landes loved to sing and dance. She performed with the Scarsdale League Singers, Village Voices and was a member of the Westchester Reform Temple adult volunteer choir for more than 25 years.
She is survived by her children Linda Barlaam and husband Brian of Fairfield, Connecticut; Jill Deirlein and husband Steve of Newtown Connecticut; and David Landes of Scarsdale and wife Aileen as well as seven grandchildren: Drew Barlaam and his wife Jessica, Rachel Barlaam, Diana Barlaam, Zach Landes, Jake Landes, Ben Landes and Brianna Dierlein. She is also survived by her brother Jerry of Miami, Florida.
Memorial contributions may be made to White Plains Hospital Foundation and Westchester Reform Temple.
— with reporting by Mary Walrath