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Foundation mourns the passing of Susan Smith

August 2nd, 2016

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Susan Smith. She served as Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation alongside her husband Richard Smith since its inception in 1970.

Susan Smith was a tireless champion and generous supporter of the many causes she held dear, including the fight against women’s cancers, helping brilliant and promising young scientists launch their careers in Boston, improving the quality of health care for low-income families with children, and ensuring that all children have access to a great education. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she took great joy in seeing her children and grandchildren and their spouses serve actively on the Foundation’s board and pursue their own philanthropic interests.

Her vision for the Foundation was that it be a place where family members work together across the generations to create significant, lasting impact in our community. Her untimely death leaves a huge void at the Foundation and in our hearts. We honor her by continuing to pursue her vision, and striving to make her proud.

Read her obituary here.


  1. Jane Baker says:

    I was saddened to read Susan Smith’s obituary earlier this week. Her family and friends can take great pride in her many accomplishments and the countless lives she made better through her commitment to philanthropy. Truly a life well lived.

  2. Inez Foster says:

    I join you in sorrow over the loss of Mrs. Smith. So many children in Boston have benefited from her vision and generosity. What a beautiful legacy. I wish you the comfort of happy memories.

  3. Kari Madera says:

    Sue was an inspiration to us all.

  4. Marha Minow says:

    What a lasting legacy is left by this superb person; may that be some consolation for those who mourn her loss,