Retiring and then passing away at the age of 100 years, was typically the style of Bettina Bien-Greaves — a friend of so many of us in the free-market Austrian economic movement.
Bettina, known to many as Ludwig von Mises’ Bibliographer and close friend. For many years Bettina and her late husband, Percy Greaves, lived in the shadow of Mises.
My personal contact with Bettina started in 1975 when I was asked to prepare a submission on ‘economics in post-secondary schools’ to the Western Australian State Government. Who better to turn to for help than Bettina. That September 12, 1975 submission is here.
Over the years we kept in contact and I also enjoyed the legendary home hospitality of Bettina and Percy. When people adversely comment at my ‘disorganized office’ my mind always strays to the sight of Bettina’s desks (two photos above) when her original FEE office was full, they simply moved her into a larger office.
I love practical solutions as much as I loved Bettina herself. She will be missed by so many but what a legacy she has left for us.