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Elizabeth L. Knox, 95, philanthropist

Jan. 9, 1922 – July 15, 2017

Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Knox, whose husband was a nephew of F.W. Woolworth Co. founder Seymour H. Knox, died July 15 in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. She was 95.

Born Elizabeth Wissel in Forest Hills, Queens, the youngest of four children, she attended Hunter College in New York City and worked as a model for R.H. Macy & Co.

“She had impeccable taste, classic and elegant,” her daughter Alice said. “She always looked terrific.”

She moved to northern California in the 1940s, settled in La Jolla in 1951 and married James Henry Knox in 1956.

Her husband was the son of Henry Danforth Knox, a Woolworth executive and younger brother of Seymour H. Knox. A civilian pilot who ferried military planes during World War II, he later worked in the aircraft industry in San Diego.

Mrs. Knox and her husband traveled the world, then founded a small travel agency in La Jolla. He died in 1987.

Dedicated to philanthropy, she was president of the board of trustees of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla and a member of the board of trustees of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, where she was honored with the Dr. Jonas Salk Award of Congress for her service.

Her interests included professional tennis, horse racing and watching her daughters compete in horse shows.

Her first marriage to R.T. Haas II ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Ted Haas; two daughters, Julie Haas Knox and Alice Knox; and a granddaughter.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.

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