Harriet Hull (Dr. Terry) Smith, M.D., 87, formerly of Pasadena, CA, died peacefully on February 21, 2007, at her home in Alamitos Bay, surrounded by her large and loving family. Terry had a very full life. Practicing medicine with her husband together at the helm of a small psychiatric hospital and raising five kids on the grounds kept her fulfilled until her husband's death in 1983, when she moved to the family's beach house on Alamitos Bay and became active in many community and cultural organizations.
She loved reading, particularly histories, music, the theater, travel and watching the wildlife in the bay, especially her beloved shorebirds. When visiting her "eastern" daughters, Alexandra Maclay of Warren, VT, and Vance Smith of Brookfield, VT, she reveled in the green summers and colorful falls, which reminded her of her small-town upbringing in upstate New York. She enjoyed the opera at the Pitcher Inn, cheering at baseball and soccer games for her grandchildren Schuyler and Thayer, feeding India, Estelle and Rosie, and watching the antics of Pepper and Freddie.
Later, in July 2007, her children will scatter her ashes inside the Long Beach breakwater to join those of her husband. A memorial service and celebration of the life of this great lady will follow on the beach in front of her house. She was a lady in the finest sense of the word, full of compassion and charm, grace and dignity. She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends, and her birds.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Wetlands Wildlife Center, Sharon Weeks, Director, 21900 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92646. (714) 374-5587.