Betty Clarine EricksonBorn to John Marius Nelson and Bessie Bjorge on the family farm in Nelson County, Clarine grew up south of Lakota, ND where she attended school and graduated from high school in 1941.
From 1941-1945, she attended and graduated from the University of North Dakota which coincided with the four years the US was in WWII. At college, she met Joseph, her husband of 50 years on a blind date. The military sent Joe, (Chicago, IL), to UND to take engineering classes to prepare for deployment. Upon graduation from UND with a degree in chemistry and a minor in math, Clarine moved to Chicago and worked for Abbott Laboratories; a time she felt honored to do research on the cusp of the vitamin development era.