Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Mortorelli

Induction Year: 1998

Mary Elizabeth Betty Mortorelli

 Recipient of the Carl Vergamini Contributions to Yellowjacket Athletics Award

Superior's "First Lady of Sports," Betty Mortorelli was a unanimous choice of the Hall of Fame selection committee. The widow of longtime UW-Superior Athletic Director and Coach Americo "Mertz" Mortorelli, Betty has devoted a lifetime to working at the university, supporting its student athletes and serving the Superior community.

Betty came to Superior in 1954 when Mertz was hired as the university's first athletic director. For more than 40 years she volunteered at virtually every university athletic event-selling tickets, taking tickets, encouraging the student athletes.

Betty served as unofficial ambassador for the athletic program, playing host to such notable visitors as Vince Lombardi, Kathy Rigby, Bud Grant and Arnold Schwarzenegger. She also volunteered on campus during student registration and was active in the Superior Blue Line Club and the Touchdown Club. She worked in the university business office from 1967 to 1986 and, in 1984, earned the Chancellor's Award for outstanding job performance.

In the community, Betty is active in a long list of organizations, including the Catholic Daughters of America, Fairlawn Auxiliary, UW-Superior Alumni Association, Superior Woman's Club, St. Francis volunteers, the American Cancer Society's "Road to Recovery" program and the "sick loan closet" that operates from Superior's senior center.

Mertz called Betty "a rare breed of woman." The university community could not agree more.