Celebrated peace educator Betty Reardon dies at 94
We received this sad news from our colleagues at the Global Campaign for Peace Education.
Betty A. Reardon, internationally celebrated as a founder of the field of peace education and feminist peace scholar, passed away on November 3, 2023. She was the co-founder of the Global Campaign for Peace Education.
World War II, and then later, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the Feminist movement were formative in the development of her worldview. In the face of the horrors of world war, she believed, as early as the fifth grade, that there must be an alternative to war, and in the face of racism and sexism she pondered early on the limits and possibilities of justice. In these formative experiences were the seeds of her fundamental approach to peace, as both the elimination of violence and the establishment of justice. She chose to be a teacher, believing that education was the key to a peaceful and just world.
Betty Reardon was a tireless student, exponent, and advocate of peace, justice, and peace education. She mentored and inspired generations of educators, scholars, and activists through her teaching and scholarship.
In a statement, the International Peace Bureau said, “We deeply mourn the passing of a great teacher, a pillar of peace education, and a laureate of the Sean MacBride Peace Award in 2009. We will forever cherish the knowledge and guidance you shared with us over the years. Your presence was a precious blessing in this world, and we are immensely thankful for your life. Alongside your global peace family, we offer our heartfelt prayers for the solace of your soul and your loved ones.”