Betty Jo Kerr Everett
Maiden Name: Kerr
Betty Jo Kerr Everett was bon in Norman Oklahoma and had lived in New Orleans Louisiana for 26 years and had more than 40 years of experience in public works design passed away in December. She was 71 years of age.
She began her career in city government in 1970 as a civil engineer in the Streets Departments. She later worked as capital projects coordinator during Mayor Moon Landrieu’s administration.
When not working for the city, Mrs. Everett taught engineering in college and worked for the State Highway Department and the Port of New Orleans. In 1978 she founded Chatah Inc., an oil service company.
During her tenure, Mrs. Everett oversaw about $250 million in street construction. She earned a reputation as an outspoken administrator who often warned elected officials that the city was investing only a fraction of what was needed to maintain its streets which deteriorate rapidly on a foundation of unstable soil.
She resigned in November 1995 and moved with her husband to New Mexico where she took a teaching position on an Indian Reservation.
She received a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters Degree from Louisiana State University. She was a registers professional engineer in Louisiana Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and several boards at the University of Oklahoma where she was named the Distinguished Graduates Society. She received the Achievers Award, the Outstanding Engineer Award the Women in Communication Award and the National Supplier of the Year Award.
She was a former member of Munholland United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was on the board of trustees.
In 1984 mars Everett was sleeved as one of 39 U.S. engineers to tour China and the Soviet Union.
Survivors include her husband, Rex Minter Everett; a son, don Everett of Houston Texas, two daughters, Lisa Jo Everett of New Orleans and Sheri Everett and two grandchildren.