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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy 99th Birthday Bettina Bien Greaves

FEE celebrates the 99th birthday of Bettina Bien Greaves

[From left to right in the image above is Ludwig von Mises, Bettina Bien Greaves, Percy Greaves, and Margit von Mises.]

The Foundation for Economic Education celebrates the 99th birthday of Bettina Bien Greaves. As FEE president Lawrence Reed has recounted:

“…in 1951, the FEE staff suddenly grew by three with the hiring of one young lady named Bettina Bien Greaves. At least it seemed that way for the next 50 years, during which she served tirelessly as a member of FEE’s full-time staff and then as a governing trustee.”

And as Jim Powell has written:

With her late husband, Percy L. Greaves, Jr., she attended Ludwig von Mises’s fabled economics seminar at New York University for nearly two decades. She took notes in those seminars and she helped make arrangements for the Mises Dinner Circle which, during the 1950s and 1960s, gave libertarian speakers a rare respectful forum in New York. She did practically everything, even humble chores, to help make Ludwig and Margit von Mises comfortable during their last years.

Along the way, Bettina made herself into the world’s foremost Mises authority. She amassed hundreds, perhaps thousands of articles by and about Mises—in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish, as well as English. She translated some of these articles. She checked facts about Mises firsthand in Austria and Switzerland where he had lived. The material she gathered became the basis for her authoritative two-volume Mises: An Annotated Bibliography (1993, 1995), which provides generous selections from articles and books, illuminating the intellectual history of the twentieth century. Bettina’s scholarship revealed that Mises’s influence extended much farther than anybody had imagined.”

For more about Greaves and her contributions, see “Bettina Greaves: A Stalwart of Liberty for Nearly a Century​” by Lawrence Reed and “A Salute to Bettina Bien Greaves” by Jim Powell.

I personally found Greaves’s life and career to be so admirable and worthy of emulation, that I gave my daughter the middle name “Bettina” in her honor.

In celebration of Bettina Bien Greaves’s 99th birthday, we present her following writings in support of freedom and the free society. To write a note of congratulations to Ms. Greaves, email [email protected] and FEE staff will forward them to her.

Why Communism Failed

Mises on Copyrights

Human Action: The 60th Anniversary

Remembering Henry Hazlitt

  • Dan Sanchez is an essayist, editor, and educator. His primary topics are liberty, economics, and educational philosophy. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He created the Hazlitt Project at FEE, launched the Mises Academy at the Mises Institute, and taught writing for Praxis. He has written hundreds of essays for venues including (see his author archive),,, and The Objective Standard. Follow him on Twitter and Substack.