Elizabeth "Betty" Thomas Girling was born in 1917 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in 1940, B.S. in 1947 and her M.S. in education in 1948, all from the University of Minnesota. Girling joined the staff of the University of Minnesota's KUOM radio station in 1940 as an administrative fellow. She became program director in 1941 and was appointed as director of the Minnesota School of the Air in 1946. The Minnesota School for the Air broadcasted educational programs to school children in the Minneapolis area. Betty T. Girling died on January 10, 1979.
From the guide to the Betty T. Girling papers, 1945-1978, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc])