Jane C. Smith, 83

Graphic designer, artist

October 04, 2007

Jane Catherine Smith, a retired graphic designer and artist, died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at her home near McDaniel in Talbot County. She was 83.

Ms. Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in Randallstown.

She was a 1941 graduate of Catonsville High School.

During World War II, Ms. Smith enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and served as a photographer assigned to the Signal Corps.

Her assignments included photographing Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek on their arrival in the United States and covering President Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral in 1945.

"She joined the Army to see the world and wound up being sent to Fort Holabird," said her sister, Ann Smith Tomlinson. "It became a family joke."

Ms. Smith earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She took additional courses at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

A longtime resident of West Lanvale Street, Ms. Smith for many years was a graphic artist with the Baltimore public schools. She retired in the 1980s.

Ms. Smith also painted and signed her work "LESCALLEET," a family name, her sister said. She exhibited her work widely and was a member of the Academy of the Arts in Easton.

Since the late 1980s, she had lived at Nutcracker Point near McDaniel.

She enjoyed listening to classical music, reading, gardening and playing tennis.

Ms. Smith was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Also surviving are a niece and three nephews.

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