Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Three Seven

Another double day.

Saturday, March 4, 2017



Good Man

Good Husband of 50 years

Good Father and Grandfather

 Good Uncle

Good Scholar

Good Friend

Good Life
1942 - February 23, 2017
Peter Francis Smith, Ph.D.
Of Alexandria, VA , passed away February 23, 2017, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  He had multiple myeloma. Peter was born June 29, 1942 in New Brunswick, NJ.  He attended St. Peter’s High School in New Brunswick, received his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Economics/Marketing from Rutgers University in 1964 and 1966 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1970.
After receiving his Ph.D., Peter and his wife Patricia moved to Alexandria where Peter joined the Department of Agriculture.  A life-long civil servant, Peter joined the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, working on National Environmental Policy Act issues before returning to the Department of Agriculture in 1979. He worked with the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act and the National Resources Inventory analyzing long range land and water demands and their economic effect on the environment. He retired in 2005, last serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service, as Director of the Resource Economics and Social Sciences Division of the National Resources Conservation Service.
In addition to his civil service, Peter was a lifelong educator.  Peter taught marketing and economics at Southeastern University for 36 years as an Adjunct Professor. He may have taught the last Nigerian Prince that emailed you how to market his scheme! He also taught at the Florida Institute of Technology, Alexandria from 1989-1994.
Outside of Peter’s hard work and long career, he was a loving and devoted father, tirelessly supporting his children’s soccer, swimming and diving, rowing and educational pursuits.  Peter was a member of Army-Navy Country Club and an avid golfer.  Peter was also a long time member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria. He was a member of the American Economic Association, the American Marketing Association and Delta Phi Fraternity, Epsilon Chapter. Peter loved to travel and represented the US at numerous international meetings throughout the world, including trips to Hungary, Greece, Finland, Spain, New Zealand, the U.K. and OECD meetings in France.
Peter is predeceased by his parents George F. and Theresa K. Smith and his brother William G. Smith. He is survived by Patricia Bayly Smith, his wife of 50 years, his children Justin Smith and Courtney Smith, grandchildren Townson Cocke, Emmett Cocke, Anneliese Erb, and Holden Smith, as well as his sisters-in-law Victoria Langbein and Johanna Smith, eight nieces, two nephews, other relatives and many friends. His kindness and love will be missed by all.
Details on a celebration of Peter’s life will be announced in the near future.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the T.C. Williams High School Crew Boosters, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

1915 - February 23, 2007

Monday, November 7, 2016

Great Walls of the Past

Historic walls.
Amorite Wall 21st century BC
Long walls of Athens 461 BC
Alexander's Barrier 5th century BC
Great Wall of China 14-17 century AD
Walls of Constaninople (fell 1450)
Harridan's Wall 122AD
Siegfried Line/Westwall 1917
Maginot Line 1932
Berlin Wall 1960-1989
North Korean Border 1977
Israeli West Bank Wall 2004
Hungarian Border Barrier 2015
A further list of walls here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_walls

All built to keep out "others".  Is that who we are? America, where our motto has been
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Let us not build walls of exclusion. Build roads to compromise. Let us not build walls to divide. Build roads to unite.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Foxey Loxey

Our handsome fox was hurt (by a car?) and was in our drive last Wednesday.
His front paw is injured. He sat with his friend the feral cat for a while.
He sat around in the sun for quite a while before heading off to the front yard.

We called an animal rehab guy, but he got here too late to see Foxey.  If you are local and see him please call Buck Taylor at 703.615.4812 or 703.440.0800.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Milltown Road

 The Smith Family home is being sold and torn down.

c 1930
c 1947
Bill and Peter in the front yard with the Stoudts (boarders) and Oma (H Beck's grandmother). Note the fluttering chicken in the foreground. Many an Easter chick was dropped off in the front yard. No walking under the trees, no sleeping in.
My painting of his home for my husband"s Christmas present.
History gone like the Lawrence Smith Orchard and Farm up the road.

Update with some pictures from Facebook 

Wheel with tree grown around it.  I hope this gets saved!

Some photos from real estate listings .... 3+ acres, 1890 house.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Class of 2020

675 Ocean: Further Comment on Elberon

After writing about our old house, comments on my Facebook Hometown Long Branch page and getting feed back for Nancy I think I'll add on.  Nancy mentioned a Mrs. Wolf living in the house.  I'm betting that was Florence Wolf.

She owned a house where Harbor Island Spa was built. Here's a great article about the house.

That was there when I knew her and her son Sammy Wolf.  They were friends of my Aunt Jean and uncle's crowd.  That included  Marty Schneider.  He delighted in taking off his wooden leg to shock folks.  At his parties the kids would collect champagne corks.  He was rumored to have been a rum runner in the old days.  "Boardwalk Empire" anyone?

There was Jack and Gwennie Wagner who lived in the "servants" part of 1023 Ocean.  He sold ambulances and hearses and she was a special friend of our friend Bam.  It was complicated.  Bam used to entertain at lunch with cocktails and gourmet food (my introduction to poached salmon) on his patio.  I think of him every time I poach a fish.

Frank Holmes was also in the group.  In 1946 as Director and Sec. of the State Department of Conservation, Division of Commerce and Navigation Council in Trenton.  he was partly responsible for the "T" jetties being built on the Elberon ocean front.  This group were heavy drinkers all, on the order of  "Mad Men".

Any whoo...Sammy gave great parties.  Barbecues on the beach.  I've never had better hamburgers.  They were really not kid parties by anyone's standards.  His mother Flo was strange even then.  She would appear on the third floor balcony that circled the central hall of the house, what ever the weather, in a bathing suit or the all together, a sight to behold either way.  Sammy always wore a bathing suit, even to go to the store in winter.

From what I can gather Flo had a falling out with her son over the house.  Here's a Red bank Record article about the fire in her house.  This link goes to a great issue, have a read.

And here's a second article.  Having lost the house to the mafia I think she was living at 1165 Elberon with her cats in August 1963.

I wish I had pictures from this era. I love digital.  This would have been some group to record.
Read the whole six part series about Harbor Mansions.