Sunday, July 23, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Six Twenty Nine


and 6/29/2004

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

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.