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Dr. Peggy Hull 3/26/37 - 8/14/14

Peggy Hull Smith, PhD, beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter, Aunt, Grandmother, Teacher, Mentor and Friend, died August 14, 2014 after a year and a half battle with colon cancer.

Born March 26, 1937, in Cincinnati to Olive and James Hull, she grew up in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Michigan. She graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1955. She attended Oberlin, Harvard, and The University of Michigan before marrying Lewis O. Smith III, in Anchorage, Alaska, 1957, where Lewis "Neb" was stationed with the Air Force.

After raising two kids, who will miss her very much, Damian (Chako) and Heather, Peg returned to college to complete her studies at The University of Toledo. She earned her M.A. degree in 1980, and her PhD in 1983, both in Psychology. Her early research investigated the nature of memory in infants. She joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at The University of Toledo in 1984, where she served as an advisor and mentor for more than 40 Honor and Doctoral students.

A recipient of multiple grants, Dr. Smith published numerous articles and presented dozens of papers at national and international scientific conferences. In 1993, she received a Master Teacher award at the U of T. Dr. Smith retired in 2007 as Professor Emeritus at The University of Toledo.

In addition to her teaching, mentoring, and research at the U of T, Peg was very involved with the League of Women Voters. She served as president for several years, and was instrumental in protecting voters' rights in the state of Ohio.

Peg is survived by her mother, Olive M. Hull; her husband of 57 years, Lewis O. Smith III; her son, Damian B. Smith (Lori); daughter, Heather Smith Lutkin (Chris); granddaughter, Allison Parker Smith; nieces, Kara Houser (Jon) and Erin Sample (Tony LaScola).

An Open House Celebration of Peg's life will be held on November 1, 2-5 p.m., at Georgio's Café International in Downtown Toledo. Her family suggests friends make contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, who took such wonderful care of Peg in her final days.
Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 23, 2014
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