Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Sid and Betsey Tyler Endowment

An older white couple dressed in semi-formal attire stand together outdoors, smiling directly at the camera
Betsey & Sid Tyler pictured at PCF’s Legacy Luncheon in 2017

This Sid and Betsey Tyler Endowment is a PCF Endowment Builder fund and provides unrestricted support for PCF’s local grantmaking programs in the Pasadena area.

Sidney (“Sid”) and Betsey Tyler arrived in Pasadena from Philadelphia in 1969 with their young family. In the years that followed, the couple dedicated themselves to the health and beauty of the city.

Sid worked with Tenet Healthcare from 1970 until his retirement in 1995. He joined the Pasadena City Council in 1997, representing District 7; he held this position for 12 years, ending his service in 2009. During his retirement years, he also served on the board of the Pasadena Community Foundation, the Pacific Asia Museum, and Eastern Sierra Land Trust. He gave tirelessly to environmental and open-space causes and committed to the values he believed in so deeply – hard work, the highest ethical standards, good judgment, and tolerance.

Betsey also dedicated significant time to causes she cared about. She served as a state ombudsman for nursing home care, the head of the women’s committee for the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and as co-President of Pasadena Beautiful between 2000-2002. At Union Station Homeless Services, she served as a board member and the chair of the Program Committee, remembered for being a passionate advocate for USHS’s client.

The couple raised four children and loved loved taking road trips together in their camping trailer; they especially relished their time in the Eastern Sierras and Mammoth Lakes. Sid passed away in 2014. Betsey continues to be an ardent supporter of community organizations and programs.

A vintage photo, appearing almost color tinted, shows a young couple crouched down on rocks while outdoors. They are in casual outdoor clothing and a mountain range is behind them.
A young Betsey and Sid in the Eastern Sierras.

Endowments are the cornerstone of PCF’s mission to build hometown legacies. The corpus of each endowed fund is invested with PCF’s portfolio for long-term growth. Each year, the endowments generate the funds that support PCF’s local grantmaking, which enriches the arts community, protects our environment, provides health care and critical social services, and bolsters public education in Pasadena. Endowments are permanent legacies for our community; these funds will continue to grow and provide philanthropic support forever. Learn more about creating an endowment at PCF.

Created August 2011


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