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Dorothy A. Smith, educator, singer, former nun Feb. 7, 1934 -- May 24, 2012

il,9l,4p3 Dorothy A. Smith, Ph.D., a former nun who was director of the Consortium of Colleges at Attica Correctional Facility and later became the first dean of the Liberal Arts Division at Trocaire College, died Thursday in Absolut at Aurora Park, a skilled nursing care facility in East Aurora, after a long illness. She was 78.

A native of Burt, she lived in Buffalo and held a doctor of education degree from the University of Buffalo. She was a Sister of Mercy for 25 years until about 25 years ago.

Dr. Smith was the dean of liberal arts at Trocaire and then became coordinator of administrative projects at the college in the mid-1990s.

She was president of the board of the Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra in the late 1980s and 1990s. She also taught writing at Buffalo State College.

Dr. Smith was a published poet and author whose work appeared in books such as "Join the Conversation," "Time, Space, Home and Place -- The Conversation Continues" and "Walk With Me."

She was an alto and mezzo soprano who loved to sing as a member of the Central City Choir, Buffalo Schola Cantorum and a number of church choirs.

Dr. Smith also did wood carving, painting and gardening, winning an award at the Erie County Fair for her carving of a chickadee. She was a great lover of nature, and many of her carvings and paintings were of birds and animals.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Clouse.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 135 North Ogden St., after prayers at 9 in Michael A. Divincenzo Funeral Home, 1122 E. Lovejoy St.

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