Betty Davis Battle

Lawyer, Art Foundation Official

Betty Davis Battle, 80, wife of a career Foreign Service officer, died June 4 at George Washington University Hospital of injuries suffered in a fall at her home in the District.

Mrs. Battle accompanied her husband, Lucius Durham Battle, on his various overseas assignments, which included stays in Denmark, France and Egypt, where he was the U.S. ambassador to that country in the 1960s.

Born in Seattle and raised in the Bay Area, Mrs. Battle graduated from Stanford University, where she also received a master's degree in political science.

She taught political science at the University of Washington in the 1940s.

In the District, where she had lived off and on for the past 56 years, she graduated from Georgetown University's law school in 1979 and helped organize international conferences for the State Department.

She also worked for about 10 years, until the early 1970s, as a program director for the Woodward Foundation, which donated American art to decorate the homes of ambassadors serving abroad.

She was a past member of the Textile Museum board of directors.

Survivors include her husband, of Washington; four children, Lynne Davis Battle of Bethesda, John Durham Battle of Concord, Mass., Laura Davis Battle of Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Thomas Durham Battle of Belmont, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.