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November-02-17
I will always remember Lois as very kind and considerate. She was a great thinker and arts lover. Lois strongly supported the rights of women throughout her academic career at the University of Windsor. I was blessed with her friendship and wise advice. She will be greatly missed.
October-30-17
I remain devastated by this news. Lois was a wise mentor and dear friend who lived a rich and principled life. Her love of the arts and Humanities fuelled her many commitments here in Windsor where the community served as her larger garden. I was blessed to know her and receive her unflagging mentorship and support since my arrival at the University in 2000. She never judged or criticized me but simply offered, whenever and wherever needed, her wise counsel and words of support. So very few possess such a quiet strength and generous spirit. I don't know all the details surrounding her death, but it breaks my heart to think she may have suffered. Her legacy will live on at the University and in many Windsor organizations and associations. She sowed and nurtured so many seeds.
October-30-17
I will always remember Dr. Smedick with fondness, admiration, and deep gratitude for her support and encouragement when I was her student and throughout my academic studies that followed. A few years ago I visited her, and as she shared with me details of her life and career, I marvelled at what a truly rich and fulfilling life she had led and was still leading, long after her retirement. Shortly after that visit, she sent me a catalogue of prints featured in a Sense of Place exhibition. When I reflect now on my last visit with her and that gift, I realize how, unlike so many of us who are content simply to observe and receive whatever a place has to offer, Lois took an active role and dedicated her life to shaping, creating, and making her places, the University of Windsor and the city of Windsor, better.

Lois was a kind, generous, inspirational woman -- a wonderful role model. I am grateful to have known her.


Maria Broser (Waterloo, Ontario)
October-30-17
Lois was a good and friendly colleague, especially helpful in her role as a graduate dean, helping graduate students navigate the system. She was always available to help.
October-30-17
Lois always gave the most wise and thoughtful advice and support. She is missed.
September-26-17
Dear Lois was a wonderful support to me when I first came to the University as a new faculty member. She embodied the ideals of the University and of human kindness and charity in every respect. She was a hugely influential and gracious member of the Windsor community. She is extraordinarily missed. An extraordinary person in every way.
September-21-17
Lois was a colleague of great insight, calm and kindness. At the University of Windsor, she helped build bridges between the arts and sciences through the Humanities Research Group, and encouraged me, as a young faculty member, to consider the value of contributing as an administrator as well as in the classroom. Her contributions to Windsor's nationally recognized equity strategy were central to its success, and she is one of the few people on whom I could try out my rusty high school conversational Latin! Thank you Lois it was too soon.
September-20-17
Lois's boundless energy and support of the arts community, as well as U Windsor serve as an inspiration to so many! She made Windsor a better place!
September-20-17
A great lady I knew - So saddened by the surprisingly sudden news.
September-20-17
Lois was first a brilliant professor to me as a 1st year English major. Though the decades, she would become a mentor as I completed my M.A. in English and worked in the U of Windsor's Research Services department. She attended my M.A. in History defense and the funeral of my mother. She was thrilled when I went on to do a PhD at Yale and never stopped supporting me. I would not be who and where I am without her, and I know I am just one of many. Such a scholar . . . such a leader . . . such a woman. Thank-you for everything Lois!

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