1933 - 2014 Susan Smith passed away peacefully 23 January with her family by her side. Susan was originally from N.Y. but enjoyed being a California resident for over 50 years. She earned her nursing degree, a B.S. in Education, and a M.S. in Nursing from UCLA. Susan is a Professor Emerita at Azusa Pacific University, and was an inaugural member of the School of Nursing. She also founded the Azusa Neighborhood Wellness Center, and, was part of a World Vision-APU nursing contingent that helped bring the Russian nursing system into currency and the first re-write of a their nursing textbook in over 70 years. Susan has one son and Daughter-In-Law, Brian and Jill Smith. Susan was as kind as she was accomplished, and let neither hardship nor obstacle deter her appreciation and celebration of life.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 9, 2014