Betty Katherine Permetter Falato grew up in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, in Pottawatomie County. She holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a masters in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. During her career in air transportation, Betty served at various Federal Aviation Administration locations and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC. She taught air traffic control data system specialists; managed National Airspace System (NAS) projects, led NAS system engineering teams, conducted studies and wrote management and technical reports, and served as a human relations consultant. She joined several professional organizations and received several awards. In her community service, Betty has volunteered in diverse groups to improve community life for everyone.
After retiring from the FAA, Betty began researching and writing about school desegregation and supporting museums that deal with education and history. Her community service awards include a commendation from the governor for service to Oklahoma and the Florence Drake Award from the Pottawatomie County Historical Society for publishing new county histories about black schools.
Oklahoma’s Brown Decision Test Case:A Participant’s Perspective
A pioneer in her own right, Falato’s autobiography showcases her life growing up in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, under the crippling segregation of Jim Crow, her quest for equality following the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision, and her successful career at the Federal Aviation Administration. This is the gripping story of one family’s courageous struggle to pursue equal opportunity against defacto segregation, while helping to usher in the Civil Rights movement. Falato holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Adam.