Dorothy ("Dottie") Nan Duncan Smith
Dottie Smith passed away at home on February 11, 2015 in Seattle, Washington after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1944 to Glenn and Dorothy Duncan. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and studied Spanish at the University of New Mexico. While at UNM she met and married Burton Smith and moved with him to Boston, Massachusetts so he could complete a doctorate in computer engineering. While in Boston, she worked in the admissions office at MIT and gave birth to her daughter Katherine. After moving to Denver in 1972, Dottie was very active with the local elementary schools, the League of Women Voters, bookkeeping, making rugs, teaching Chinese cooking, and giving birth to her second daughter, Julia. When the family moved to Potomac, Maryland, she earned her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Maryland. Shortly after the family moved to Seattle in 1989, she began her dream career at the University of Washington Libraries which included positions with the Engineering Library, a library business venture at UW called Research Express, and a position as a Digital Reference Librarian based in the Suzzallo Library. Her other passion was singing and traveling with the University Congregational UCC Choir. She had so many varied interests which motivated those around her. After spending time with Dottie, one could find themselves interested in retirement planning, linguistics, travel, genealogy, opera, medieval hymns, Hawaiian music, growing your own veggies, rare English teddy bears, cheering for the Mariners, and restoring old homes. More importantly, she instilled in her family the importance of not just staying in touch with friends and family, but continuing to have great adventures with your loved ones. Her generosity, sense of humor, positive attitude and intellect inspired others throughout her life.
Dottie is survived by her husband Burton, daughters Katherine Thom (Ray) and Julia Smith, and grandchild Erin Thom. She is also survived by her sisters Katherine Stephens and Peggy Mathes and brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Nancy Smith.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 22, 2015.