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Charles W. Smith

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Charles W. SMITH Prof. Charles W. Smith died on July 30, 2009. He was 87. Throughout his life he loved and did many things: served in the Army Air Corps, directed the Henry Gallery, founded the Industrial Design Dept. at the UW, taught sculpture and design there and was graduate advisor for MFA students. Chuck and the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Hepsie, were founding members of Hilltop Community in south Bellevue. In 1953 he was recognized as one of Time Magazine's "Newsmakers of Tomorrow." In 1963, he studied traditional Japanese sculpture techniques and worked as a design consultant for Honda in Japan. His art is displayed in public spaces and private collections. Chuck loved to drive Porsches, drink good wine and have a good laugh. He was a kind, loyal and generous man who lived a rich and full life. He died of complications from Parkinson's. He will truly be missed by many: his neighbors from Hilltop, his group of "coffee" friends and most of all, his family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson's Research Foundation. For more about Chuck and photos please go to www.altarts.org/charlessmith
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2009
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