A. Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Ronat, 85

A. Elizabeth “Betty” Ronat, 85, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at her home.

Ronat was the first woman to graduate from Westminster College with a bachelor’s of science degree in physics, in 1951. Ronat also served as the assistant dean of the Des Moines Area Community College, where she had previously taught physics. A proud moment in her professional career was becoming the first registered female professional engineer in the state of Delaware. She also served as the CEO of her own company from 1978 to 2005, called Coordination Inc. and developed the first protective coordination device software program for electrical engineers, which was used worldwide.

Ronat and her husband, Jean, started the Shoreline Garden Railroad Club; she was a member of the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS) and was a member of IEEE as well as a writer for IEEE publications. She was active in the Sussex County Democratic Club and the Rehoboth Beach Senior Center. She was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, loved to dance and was a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge.

Ronat is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Jean L. Ronat; her children, Jeanne Pekar of Dagsboro, Del., and Jon Ronat of Colorado; her grandchildren, Rachel Causak of Lebanon, Pa., Jacquelyn Powers of Dagsboro, and Louis, Thomas and Mary Ronat, all of Colorado; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ronat’s life was scheduled for noon on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services; 38040 Muddy Neck Rd.; Ocean View, Del., where friends and family could call after 11 a.m. Interment was to be held privately at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Ronat’s name to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963; or to the Salvation Army.