Carla T. Smith SAUGERTIES- Carla T. Smith, a long-time leader in the Hudson Valley arts and cultural community, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at Northern Dutchess Hospital, at the age of 69. Ms. Smith retired June 1, 2010, after serving the cultural nonprofit world for 40 years, as a manager and fund raiser. She served 13 years as Executive Director of the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen, a multi-arts organization and steward of the 1902 utopian Byrdcliffe Art Colony. During her career, Ms. Smith served ten years (1979-89) as General Manager of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, where she created award-winning educational programming and successfully matched 3:1 NEA Challenge grant for endowment funds. As a development officer, she worked for the American Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn. and was the first development director of the American Craft Museum in N.Y.C. From 1992-95, she served as development director of America's only national repertory company, The Acting Company in New York City. Ms. Smith resided in Saugerties, N.Y. She earned a B.A. from Coe College and acquired graduate credits in archeology, from the University of Wisconsin at Madson and the New York Institute of “Arts. Her interests included Egyptian archeology and hiking. Her greatest accomplishmentwas traversing the 20 high mountain passes in Switzerland. She is survived by her father, Fred C. Schaefer of Grayslake, Ill., her sister, Laurel Schaefer Trent and brother- in- law, Tom Trent of San Francisco and her beloved cats, Troy and India. A celebration of Carla's life will take place at the Woodstock Artists Guild, in June, with friends invited to share their favorite Carla moments. Arrangements are under the direction of Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Tinker St., Woodstock.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Apr. 16, 2013