The University of Alabama Press Mourns the Passing of Beth Motherwell

The University of Alabama Press shares the sad news that our former senior acquisitions editor and marketing manager Beth (Elizabeth) Motherwell died this week after a short illness. An Arkansas native, Beth earned a biology degree at Lambuth College and continued her studies at Auburn University. After founding Motherwell and Company, she got her start in scholarly publishing at the University of Arkansas Press. Beth joined the University of Alabama Press as marketing manager in 2000. She served in that position until 2008 when she moved to acquisitions. She spent the next ten years applying her passion for the natural world to acquiring and developing books about the environment, wildlife, and the history of science.

With her biology background and adventures throughout the state, Beth was a font of knowledge and full of irrepressible enthusiasm for the biodiversity of Alabama. Her special talent was knowing what topics needed book coverage and knowing which experts should write them. Beth gave artisanal care to her books and leaves behind a string of key works about aspects of Alabama and Southern nature and ecology, many in our much-lauded Gosse Nature Guides series, such as on the butterflies, trees, and mammals of Alabama. Beth also initiated our series NEXUS: New Histories of Science, Technology, the Environment, Agriculture, and Medicine.

In retirement, Beth continued to indulge in her love of birding and travel. However, she was happiest on her back porch, watching the birds come to the feeders, and planting native trees and flowers in her yard. She especially reveled in telling stories of her youth and family in Arkansas.

Beth leaves a profound legacy to us and the region.

Some Highlights from Beth’s Acquisitions

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