Valerie Smith

Profile Updated: January 9, 2010
Residence: Old Saybrook, CT USA
Occupation: University of Illinois, ret.; currently caregiver
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Became a Baha'i in 1972.
Was appointed godmother to Katrina Singsen Taggart's elder daughter, Jennie Taggart Wandfluh in 1980, a great bounty in life.
Worked at various jobs before ending up at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.
Served the Baha'i House of Worship, and its choir, for 35 years
Took an early retirement in 2007 and left Chicago to assist my elderly mother in Old Saybrook, CT.
Toured regionally and internationally with the Voices of Baha, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2002, and recording with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2000.
Am an inveterate bookworm, and have also enjoyed doing counted cross-stitch, painting, and calligraphy.
Went on the Internet in 1997, and have marveled at all the changes it has brought to the world.
Arranged a family reunion in London, England, to finally bring the Smith and Wootten families together, in November 2008.
Finally discovering what colors look good on me, and finally getting my ears pierced.

Favorite School Memories:

Meeting Katrina Singsen, and coming to know her family.
Meeting Gertrude Hendricks and having her become part of our family
Discovering such wonderful books as "Karen", "With Love from Karen" and "Gone With the Wind".
Going from the bottom of my shorthand class to the top.
Learning how to type
Getting my first "A" (in a history class, I think)
Having a wonderful history teacher who made history come alive and seem just like yesterday
Being called "New Trier's wittiest ambassador to England" by my counselor in my yearbook
Learning how to navigate through a crowd of 3,000 students!

Junior High School Attended:

Locust Junior High, 1964-1966

High School Attended: (NTE, NTW, or name of another school)

New Trier East

Colleges Attended & Degrees:

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Oakton Community College, Morton Grove, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

Currently have 55 credits toward possible eventual degree

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