Louise Beltramo, 93, died at home on March 14, 2014.
She was born in Mexico, the daughter of Louise and Filipe Beltramo, who lived in both Mexico and the United States. Her formative years were in Baton Rouge, LA. She received her B.A. in kindergarten and primary education a Louisiana State University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1949 and 1954, respectively. She served for eight years as a teacher in day-care enters and in public, parochial, and college laboratory schools prior to becoming a member of the faculty of the College of Education at the University Iowa in 1954. She retired in 1991 as Professor of Education with specialization in early childhood and early reading.
Ms. Beltramo was the co-developer of five teacher-training films as well as co-author of the accompanying teaching manuals. She was also a co-investigator of two cooperative research projects for the U.S. Office of Education. She was co-director of one of the U.S. Office of Education First Grade Reading Studies in 1966.
She was national vice-president of Pi Lambda Theta and a charter member of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Ms. Beltramo was a member of the National Council for Teachers of English, International Reading Association, Association for Childhood Education International, and the National Council for Research in English.
Ms. Beltramo was an active member of the St. Thomas More and was an early faculty sponsor for the Newman Club at the University of Iowa.
She is predeceased by her parents and five brothers and sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church, 701 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341, on Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 10:30am, with a visitation from 9:30am until time of Mass. Burial will be at Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas More or Iowa City Hospice, Inc.