Julie Anderson Smith, 1942-2016
Julie Smith of Santa Fe, New Mexico and formerly Denver, Colorado passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Born in Artesia, New Mexico on May 2, 1942 she received a BA from Colorado College in 1964 and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Denver University in 1992. In 1971, she was the first woman to run for the Brighton City Council and later served as the Chairwoman of its Planning Commission. She also served as a member of the Colorado Racing Commission from 1978 to 1988, a trustee of Colorado College from 1988 to 1991 and a trustee of the Denver Art Museum from 1982 to 1988. In the mid-1980s, she was one of the co-founders of the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District which has provided the arts community in the Denver area with roughly one billion dollars. From 1991-1997 she was an adjunct faculty member at Arapahoe Community College and taught the survey of art history. She also taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver and the American School in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, while in Barcelona, she conducted art tours for the Barcelona Women’s Network and the American Society of Barcelona.
She is survived by her husband of more than fifty years, Morgan Smith. They met in Aspen in the 1960s and for many years she managed the Anderson family home at 2d and Francis Streets. They had three children, James Hopkins Smith, Julia Stonestreet Smith and Nelson Phelps Smith as well as four grandchildren, Audrey Jaquette Smith, Walker John Smith, Chet Morgan MacLellan and Elke Muschette MacLellan. Her life was characterized by her love of family and her commitment to the arts.
Donations can be made in her name to two projects in Juárez, Mexico that she cared deeply about. The first is Vision in Action, a privately run mental hospital that cares for roughly one hundred patients who have largely been abandoned by their government. Donations made out to Vision in Action can be sent to Morgan Smith, 717 Calle del Resplandor, Santa Fe, NM 87505. The second is Siguiendo los Pasos de Jesús, (SPJ) a 501 ( C ) (3) that builds houses for needy families on the west side of Juárez. Julie was particularly concerned about several families there who are currently living in miserable housing. SPJ’s offices are located at 6408 Calle Placido, El Paso, Texas 79912 and donations can be sent there.
Editor’s Note: Julie Anderson Smith is the wife of Morgan Smith, a regular contributor to the Aspen Times Weekly.
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