Jane Ann Smith

06/05/2018 12:21 PM |

Jane Ann Smith of Greenport, N.Y. died on May 22, at the age of 91.

Jane Ann Jones was born on the high seas on a ship bound for France on May 15, 1927, and lived for the majority of her childhood in Princeton, N.J. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, earned a Masters of Chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1953, and received a Doctorate in Educational Research from Hofstra University in 1978.

Mrs. Smith first worked as a chemist for Sharp and Dohme, and then as a lecturer in chemistry at Hofstra. While she raised her children in East Williston, N.Y., she was active in the League of Women Voters, served on the Board of Education for the East Williston School District from 1965 to 1982, with several terms as its president, and served on the board of Nassau Hospital (now NYU Winthrop Hospital). Professionally, she then worked as a consultant to schools and other organizations and then served as vice president of academic affairs of Friends World College until her retirement.

She was active in the Friends Meeting in Westbury, N.Y. for many years prior to moving to Greenport in 2002.

She was married to Donald Willits Smith, who she met at Swarthmore, in 1949. After 66 years of marriage, Don predeceased Jane Ann in 2016.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her youngest sister, Ellyn Jones, MD, of Victor, Mont.; her children, Scott Smith of Astoria, Doug Smith of Kensington, Md., and Martha Smith of Glen Cove; and six grandchildren.

This is a paid notice.

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