Youtz, an Early Evergreen Evangelist


Retired staff member Bernice Livingston Youtz died in Nov. 2017 at age 91. When her husband Byron was hired as a founding faculty, Youtz joined the Evergreen College Community Organization (ECCO), which through outreach, educated and reassured Olympia residents about the new, experimental college being built. ECCO helped when the first students arrived in 1971 before buildings were completed, and even volunteered when the Library building finally opened, shelving hundreds of books after a crash course in cataloging.

Youtz, who had an M.A. in French literature, wrote a biography of sixteenth-century Princess Marguerite de Navarre, as well as an autobiography, Oh! The Places I’ve Been (Xlibris 2014). After Byron’s death in 1992, she continued to travel, visiting dozens of places she had read and dreamed about, and returning to Lebanon and the West Bank, where the couple had lived for three years after they married.

Members of Bernice’s family encourage gifts in her memory be directed to Evergreen’s Byron and Bernice Youtz Scholarship. Contact The Evergreen State College Foundation or call (360) 867-6300 for information.

Listen to a 2016 interview with Bernice.