It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague, Dr. Pamela Smith. During her 16 years of service with the Foundation, she made many contributions to the Foundation’s programs and to its mission. She served as an advisor to three presidents and coordinated the Foundation’s International Programs from 1995 – 2006. Her greatest passion was helping international students and scholars, both here at Wenner-Gren, as well as through her work at Pace University. On the occasion of Pam’s retirement from the Foundation in 2006, we received many beautiful notes from former Wenner-Gren Fellows expressing their gratitude for her support and kindness. As a tribute to Pam, we include an excerpt from one of the letters below.
I am happy to say that Pam has been an anchor in making my career in anthropology what it is today. She embodies the warmth, care, and resourcefulness that makes Wenner-Gren such a great organization. She went out of her way to invite us to gatherings, to send us information about programs and opportunities and to just find out how we are which is rare in many organizations that give rather than receive money. Pam, you are a true friend of global anthropology and I know Wenner-Gren will miss you. But you will remain in our thoughts and our worlds.
– Dr. Mwenda Ntarangwi, WGF Wadsworth International Fellow, 1995-99
(Wadsworth International Fellowship, formerly known as DCTF Program)
On behalf of the Wenner-Gren Trustees and Staff, we send our deepest condolences to Pam’s family and friends. We feel privileged to have had her as both a colleague and a friend.