About Elizabeth Tate

  • Elizabeth Tate Elizabeth Tate High School is named after Elizabeth (Bettye) Crawford Tate, a significant figure in the Iowa City community.

    Elizabeth (Bettye) Crawford Tate was born in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1906. Bettye and her husband Junious “Bud” Tate bought Iowa City’s first rooming house built expressly for black tenants in 1940, named Tate Arms. Many former boarders who went on to earn advanced degrees became judges, doctors, and lawyers, and attributed their success to the Tate Arms house.

    Tate later worked in the University of Iowa’s cardiovascular laboratory for 22 years until she retired in 1976. She began as a clinical technician, but by the time of her retirement, she had been promoted to supervisor with her own office and 20 employees.

    Two of Tate’s hobbies included traveling and theater. Tate toured Europe, South America, and the United States. Tate was a charter member of the Iowa City Community Theater, where she sold advertising, sat on the board of directors and took part in various productions.

    Tate also was an active volunteer and was honored for devoting more than one thousand hours of volunteer service to the University Hospitals and Clinics in 1994. In 1991 Tate was honored as a volunteer docent at the Old Capitol for the more than five hundred hours of service she provided.