GREENWICH, Conn. - Bettina Simpson Brown Irvine of Greenwich died Saturday, Aug. 30. She was 70.
Irvine was born to Elizabeth Simpson Kampmann Brown and Thaddeus H. Brown Jr., and was raised in Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Fla. She graduated from Chatham Hall in Chatham, Va., and Pine Manor Junior College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She made her society debut at the Sulgrave Club in Washington, D.C. She worked in publishing and had been a beauty editor at Mademoiselle and Vogue. She was a member of the Greenwich Country Club and the Junior League of New York City. She was a leading advocate for awareness and detection of the rare genetic disease that became known through her efforts as Alpha-1.
Irvine is survived by her husband, Kenneth Andrew Irvine of New York City; sons, Andrew, Bill and Jonathan; a granddaughter; brother, Thaddeus H. Brown III; and sisters, Marshall Brown Rutherfurd Webb and Robin Rutherfurd Grace.
Calling hours are Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gallagher's Funeral Home in Greenwich. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Stanwich Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation , 3300 Ponce Del Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134.