SMITH - Jane (Campbell), of North Hill, Needham MA., and Wakefield, RI, died February 7, 2016, following a long illness. She was born on October 7, 1924, in Montreal, Canada to Mary Hazard Campbell and Wallace Campbell II.
Jane was predeceased in 2009 by her devoted husband of 61 years, Barton P. Smith, M.D. They lived in Westwood, MA for over 50 years. She was the loving mother of Heather S. Collins of Hingham, Holly L. Smith-Reynolds of Wakefield, RI, Martha B. McManamy of Newburyport, Bruce E. Smith of Norwood and Christopher H. Smith, M.D. of Seattle, Washington. Also survived by nine cherished grandchildren: Nicholas, Alison and Hilary Collins; Charles Reynolds; Evan, Conor and Laura McManamy; and Emery and Rae Hirschfeld-Smith. Ms. Smith also had three sons-in-law: Jeffrey Collins, John McManamy, M.D. and Hanson Reynolds and one daughter-in-law, Karin Hirschfeld. She is also survived by her beloved brother Hugh Campbell and his wife Lorli, of Stowe, Vermont, and by 13 nieces and nephews.
Jane Smith believed in the value of each individual's worth and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping special-needs individuals become contributing members of society. She was one of the founding parents of what is now known as The Arc of South Norfolk, where she worked for more than 30 years. Beginning as a parent-volunteer, Jane became Associate Executive Director of The Arc, developing community based vocational, residential, respite and social service programs. Among her significant accomplishments was inspiring Polaroid Corp. to sell 7.5 acres of land in Westwood, valued at over $1 million, for $1.00 to build "A Place of Our Own," which houses the myriad programs provided by The Arc. Currently The Arc of South Norfolk serves more than 500 families with various programs, envisioned by the founders as a human and civil rights movement. At the time of her retirement in 1997, Ms. Smith's career was recognized in numerous citations from legislators across the Commonwealth and RI, as well as by her peers who in her honor dedicated the Jane Campbell Smith Community Room at the building she helped fund and build.
Jane graduated from Pine Manor Junior College and earned her B.A. cum laude from Brown University (Pembroke College) in 1946. In 1947, she married Barton P. Smith, who was an internist with Dedham Medical Associates for most of his career. Jane obtained a Masters of Science in Management from Lesley University in 1984 and began consulting with the Executive Service Corps where she advised non-profit organizations on a variety of projects. The Smiths were lifelong members of The First Parish of Westwood Church where they were members of the choir and active participants on a number of boards.
Jane loved spending time in South County, RI, where she maintained a second home and participated in many activities: gardening, swimming, visiting with relatives and friends and playing tennis, among them. She was a long-time member of The Dedham Country and Polo Club, the Fox Hill Garden Club, the Chilton Club, and the Afternoon Club. In RI, she was a lifelong member of The Dunes Club in Narragansett, was active in the South County Garden Club and spent many volunteer hours at the Hazard Memorial Garden in Peace Dale.
A memorial service honoring Jane Smith will be held on April 9, at 2:00 P.M. at The Peace Dale Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 261 Columbia Street, Peace Dale, RI 02883. A reception will follow. Gifts in her memory may be made to The Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA 02090 (www.arcsouthnorfolk.org.)