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Exposing the Third ReichColonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany$

Henry G. Gole

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141763

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141763.001.0001

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(p.353) Appendix K: Obituary, Katharine Alling Hollister Smith

(p.353) Appendix K: Obituary, Katharine Alling Hollister Smith

Exposing the Third Reich
University Press of Kentucky

The following obituary appeared in the Fairfield (Connecticut) Citizen on 29 July 1992. Kay continued to be very active until she took her last breath.


Katharine Alling Hollister Smith, 94, died Friday.

The widow of Col. Truman Smith, she lived in Greenfield Hill since the end of World War II. The daughter of G. Trowbridge Hollister and Rosemary Alling Hanks, she grew up in Greenport, N.Y., and New York City, where she graduated from Miss Spence's School. During World War I, she served with the American Red Cross on the troop ships docked in New York, and she was one of the first women to enter Germany at the end of the war. She remained in Germany for five years with her husband while he served first in the Army of Occupation and later as assistant military attaché. When he was appointed military attaché, they returned to Germany in 1935. During the War, they lived in Washington, D.C., where he headed the German section of military intelligence. She was an activist in political and environmental causes. In 1989, she led 450,000 people and appeared on television in a pro-choice march in Washington. She was a former member of the New York Colony Club and the Washington Army and Navy Club, a member of the Fairfield Hunt Club and the Mayflower Society, and a past president of The Garden Club of Fairfield.

She is survived by her daughter, Katharine T. S. Coley of Middletown; her granddaughters, Katharine L. Coley of Austin, Texas, and Dr. Phyllis M. Coley of Salt Lake City, Utah; and a grandson-in-law, Dr. Thomas Kursar of Salt Lake City.

A memorial service will take place August 28 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Army Distaff Hall, a residence for Army widows, 6200 Oregon Avenue, N.W., (p.354) Washington, D.C. 20015, or to the Garden Club of America, Tropical Botany Scholarship Committee, 598 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022.