Anne L. Sinclair-Smith, 94, homemaker, volunteer

March 16, 2006

Anne L. Sinclair-Smith, a homemaker and volunteer, died of complications from a stroke March 9 at the Broadmead retirement community. She was 94.

She was born Anne Livingston Palmer in Baltimore and was the daughter of noted architect Edward L. Palmer, who was the main project architect for the Roland Park Co., developers of Roland Park, Guilford, Homeland and Dundalk.

Raised in Roland Park, she was a 1931 graduate of Bryn Mawr School. After earning a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1935 from Smith College, she studied sculpture and painting at the Phillips Gallery of Art in Washington.

It was while attending a square dance in Baltimore that she met her future husband, Dr. Bruce Cooper Sinclair-Smith, an Australian cardiologist who was a postgraduate fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

They married in 1951 and lived in Sydney, Australia, for nine years until moving to Nashville, Tenn., in 1960 when her husband joined the medical faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

While in Nashville, she worked on social justice issues and volunteered at Planned Parenthood.

After her husband's retirement in 1982, they moved to a home they had built in Annapolis. He died in 1985.

Mrs. Sinclair-Smith moved to the Upland Apartments in Baltimore in 1986 and later to the Cockeysville retirement community.

She was a world traveler and avid sailor who enjoyed sculpture and painting. When she was 78, she sailed and hiked around the Galapagos Islands. She continued sailing, walking and kayaking well into her 80s.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 1 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

She is survived by her daughter, Susanne Palmer Sinclair-Smith of Washington.

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