Don Wilson, President and CEO of Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, recently reflected on his friendship with former First Lady, Betty Ford who died July 8. Mr. Wilson worked with both Betty and Gerald Ford to open the Gerald Ford Presidential Library in Michigan and later served as its director. In a recent television interview, Wilson remembered Betty Ford's courage to be as open as she could about her breast cancer and her addiction to painkillers and alcohol.
"That really was a breakthrough in the medical field for women to be so open," remembers Wilson.
"It was pretty difficult to hide it, but she never tried to. She stepped up and announced to the world. There's a sense of public service with the first ladies in more recent times," says Wilson.
Even after her death, Wilson says that legacy will continue.
"It may lend credence to the old saying that behind every great man is a very strong woman," says Wilson.
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