Elizabeth "Budd" Bell

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Elizabeth "Budd" Bell was a human service lobbyist, and social worker by education,[1] who was one of the people that helped draft Florida's Baker Act. She was known as “the conscience of Florida.”[2]

She was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2012.[3]


Born Elizabeth ”Bess” Lander in 1915,[1] Bell died October 15, 2009, at the age of 94. She was a Winnipeg native who emigrated to the United States in 949.[2]


Bell founded the Budd Bell Clearinghouse of Human Services in 1974, the Florida Center for Children and Youth[2] and Florida's Human Rights Advocacy Committee.[1] Bell was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Marbin Miller, Carol (October 17, 2009). "'CONSCIENCE OF FLORIDA' DIES AT 94". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Rights advocate Elizabeth 'Budd' Bell dies". CT Insider. October 21, 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Three women join hall of fame". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. February 9, 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2023.