January 13 – Happy Birthday Dorothy Smith

SmithI’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Dorothy Smith’s complete story (see excerpts from it below) will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

Dorothy Smith was one of those highly skilled women who make a community a better and healthier place to live in a very quiet but critically important way. Her maiden name was Swart and she was born in the Rug City on January 13, 1926. After graduating from Amsterdam High School in 1942, when she was just 16-years-old, she decided to become a registered nurse and received her cap and pin from the old Amsterdam City Hospital School of Nursing. She than began a wonderfully productive career that would span close to half a century and get today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant involved in just about every area of the nursing profession…

…So during her lifetime here in Amsterdam, Dorothy helped heal the sick and ease the pain of the injured. She provided essential health and wellness services to those most in need of them, protected and comforted our children and helped their teachers do the same. She played a key role in the cultivation and education of a new generation of caregivers. She volunteered her time to make sure that folks suffering with addictions had access to the rehabilitative services and facilities necessary to overcome them and once again become productive members of this community. She was a loving daughter, wife and mom. She kept giving of herself until she died at the age of 88 in September of 2014. Many people would like to make a difference, Dorothy Smith did,

One thought on “January 13 – Happy Birthday Dorothy Smith

  1. Son of a gun, she was 88. Lol (she would never tell us her age) She was my Aunt by marriage and became my closest Aunt . She was a wonderful woman, I miss her.


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