Dr Robin M Smith
Born 1/15/1946 in Syracuse, NY
Died 5/23/2015

Robin M. Smith, 69, died Saturday at Francis House in Syracuse. Robin was born January 15, 1946, to Seymour D. and Frances (Fritzi) Smith in Syracuse. She was a graduate of Nottingham High School, earned her BA degree from Antioch College, her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago, and a PhD. in Special Education from Syracuse University. Prior to being appointed as a Professor of Special Education at SUNY New Paltz, Robin was a teacher and chair of foreign languages at the Chicago Public High School for Metropolitan Studies. Robin was a nationally known activist for the rights of people with special needs. Her activism was built on a commitment to Tikun Olam (the repair of the world) and she had a profound passion for justice for all people. Her actions were the impetus for great change on behalf of the disabled. She was a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and was published widely. Robin was also a Re-evaluation Counselor, running disability support groups and teaching workshops for many years. Robin had a love of music, songwriting, stories and poetry. She was a founding member of the Syracuse Community Choir, with which she sang for many years. Robin will be forever remembered as a strong and caring role model for family, friends, students, and colleagues. Robin is survived by her brothers, Lynn (Corinne), and Malcolm (Sandy); her nieces, Juliette Smith (Justin Brasch), Rachael Schwartz (Brian); and nephews, Joshua Smith (Sherri) and Jonah Smith (Elizabeth); and seven great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Temple Concord on Sunday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m. A calling hour will be held immediately prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Temple, 910 Madison Street. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at Malcolm and Sandy\\'s home Monday and Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions in Robin\\'s memory may be made to Syracuse Community Choir, Temple Concord, and Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from May 25 to May 26, 2015

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Frances N. Smith (1914 - 2012)
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