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02/22/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gloria Goldsmith

Gloria Daniels Goldsmith
(d. 20 Feb 2011)

New York High School of Performing Arts

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Once again we have sad news to report.    Gloria Goldsmith, widow of Dr. William M. Goldsmith, and mother of    Alice Goldsmith Gentry ('64) and   Grace Goldsmith Morrisette ('67), passed away in Williamsburg on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the age of 91. 

  From Margaret Kailos Lee ('67) of NC - 02/21/11, 9:36 PM - "  Grace Goldsmith (Class of 67)":


Just wanted you to know that Grace Goldsmith’s mother, Gloria Goldsmith, passed away yesterday. She lived in Williamsburg.

All the best,
Margaret Lee

   Oh, Margaret, I'm so sorry to hear this.  Thank you for letting me know.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to the Class of 1964 - 02/22/11, 7:24 AM - "Death of  Gloria Goldsmith. Mother of    Alice Goldsmith Gentry":


I am saddened to report to you the death of Mrs. Gloria Goldsmith.

Mrs. Goldsmith is the mother of our classmate, Alice Goldsmith Gentry.

You may read the obituary and leave messages of condolence at this web page:

Dave Spriggs ‘64

   Thank you, David.

From the Daily Press - 02/22/11: 

                 Gloria Goldsmith


WILLIAMSBURG - Gloria Goldsmith, widow of the late Dr. William M. Goldsmith, passed away on Feb. 20, 2011, at the age of 91.

She was born in New York City and graduated from the New York High School of Performing Arts and Adelphi University at Garden City, N.Y., with a B.A. Degree in Social Work and in The Dance. She came to Hampton, Va., with her physician husband in 1942 and was dedicated to his medical practice and the care of his patients until his death in 1979. She moved to Kingsmill in Williamsburg, in 1986. Gloria was a humanitarian, having volunteered in the community as a Red Cross worker at Riverside and Mary Immaculate Hospitals. She served as president of the Hampton Medical Society Auxiliary and the Newport News Medical Society Auxiliary. She served on the boards of The Mental Health Association, The Peninsula , Title 1 Program, Hampton Girls Club/Greater Wythe, Southampton Action Council, the Medical Society of Virginia Auxiliary as chaplain, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, and volunteered at the Mariner's Museum.


Gloria Goldsmith

As Chairman of the Mobile Cardiac Unit Fund Drive with her good friend, Elizabeth Mendez, she bought the City of Hampton three Advanced Life Support vehicles for the Fire Department Emergency Rescue Squads. She loved to dance and attended dance studio in ballet and tap dancing, well into her senior years. Her love of walking was the mainstay of her health program. She loved Psalm 100.

Gloria is survived by her daughter, Alice G. Gentry and her husband, Sam Gentry; her grandson, Miles Gentry and his wife, Karen; her great-granddaughter, Elaine; her great-grandson, Evan; her other daughter, Grace G. Morrisette; her granddaughter, Wendy G. Goldsmith. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Marian Daniels; her niece, Denise DiLello and her husband, Ray DiLello; two nephews, Dr. Kennedy S. Daniels and his wife, Linda and their three children, Lauren, Parker, and Kendall, and William M. Daniels and his wife, Lauren and their two children, Brittany and Taylor.

A celebration of her life is planned at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News, Va., on Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. Visitation with the family will be at 1 p.m. at the Peninsula Funeral home, followed by a chapel service at the funeral home at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Allie Rosner. The graveside service will be at the Peninsula Memorial Park, Garden of the Seasons, after the chapel service.

Alice and Grace would like to thank all their family and friends who have supported their mother and them by your cards, phone calls, and prayers. They are deeply grateful to Marian Daniels and to mother's caregivers, especially Susan Lewton, Judith Jenkins, Joanne Robinson, Beverly Deramus, Rose Meloy, Lacy Lott, and Guion Leach, for their dedication, tenderness, faithfulness, and skillful care of Gloria.

Memorials will be welcome at the Hampton Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services, 22 Lincoln Street, 6th Floor City Hall, Hampton, VA 23669. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from February 22 to February 23, 2011.
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February 22, 2011

I had the privilege of meeting Gloria a number of times over the last 20 years through her daughter, Grace. The first time I met Gloria, she was in her late 60's and had accompanied Grace to an exercise class. Gloria got right down on the floor us and outdid us all!
Her vigor and zest for life - especially dance - sustained her well beyond her years. She was an inspiration to those of us who were lucky enough to meet her and be touched by her gentility and elegance.
Gloria was certainly blessed in loving family, friends and a long and fruitful life.
My condolences to Grace and Alice in the loss of their mother.

February 22, 2011

  Alice and Grace, I haven't seen your mom since the old days on O'Canoe Place. She was such a wonderful lady. I am sorry for your loss. Linda Moore Chesser

February 22
, 2011

What a wonderful beautiful lady. I truly just looked at a photo of her and me yesterday which is in my office when she presented me an award to honor her late husband. Many fond and cherished memories of them both. We share humbly for your loss.

February 22
, 2011
Gracie and Alice - It is truly a blessing that Gloria is finally at peace. What a lovely woman and I shall always remember her kindness to me when I was a guest in your home. These are the days we must chose to remember.

Much love from Margaret Kailos-Lee and Phil

February 22
, 2011
Alice and Grace - I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Both of your parents were wonderful people, remembered with great fondness. Your mother was one of the most generous, gracious and kind ladies I have ever known. I remember many happy days spent in your lovely home when we were children.

~ Beverly Anderson Clement (Pawleys Island, SC)
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February 22
, 2011

Dear Grace and Alice... The sad news of your mom's death arrived this morning and I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear it.
Your mother was such a beautiful and thoughtful person and did so much for so many over the years. We are blessed to have known her.
Unfortunately, I am in MT and will not be able to visit with the two of you this week, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Bill Smith, Hampton, Virginia

February 22
, 2011

Mrs. Goldsmith was a genuinely caring person. She opened her doors and welcomed me to her home for my first Thanksgiving in 1962. I will never forget her generosity. Our prayers and thoughts are with Alice and Grace, you had a great mom.
Herminio Cuervo

~ Herminio Cuervo, Lakeland, Florida


February 22
, 2011
I was so sorry to learn of your dear mother's passing. She was such a gracious lady and always had a kind word for the neighborhood children (even when we hit our baseballs into your yard; she would fetch them because we were afraid of Mickey, the mighty watchdog!) What a wonderful group of friends we had in Indian River Park. My condolences to you and your families at this difficult time. May the good Lord guide and sustain you in the days to come. Fondly,

~ Russ Gentry


February 23
, 2011
Grace and Alice, your Mother’s passing brings us great sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family, as you celebrate her kind and generous life. We hope that the love and support of family and friends will help to give you strength and peace through this difficult time. We share many fond memories of our friendship with your mother and father.

~ Vera Garth and family


February 23
, 2011
Dear Grace and Alice
As supervisor of the caregivers for your mother it allowed me to see and visit with your mom on a monthly basis. She was truly a lady in every sense of the word. She was always so considerate and had a kind word whenever I saw her. She was a beautiful and thoughtful person, even when her health status declined. It was truly my honor to have known your mother for the last 2 years. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

February 24
, 2011
Dear Grace and Alice,
Mr. & Mrs. Egbert T. Garth Jr. spoke frequently and fondly of both your father and mother over the years. Dr. Goldsmith was the physician of their two daughters, Linda and Susan. I met your mother a few years ago when I took Mr. & Mrs. Garth to visit her in Kingsmill. She was so elegant. I felt like we were visiting royalty. I immediately liked her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 24
, 2011 
My heartfelt sympathy to you in your mother’s passing. She was a tireless advocate for Hampton Fire and Rescue’s medic program. Her drive, dedication and fund-raising skill supported Hampton’s ability to provide advanced life support care before many other fire departments nationwide. I remember her kindness and her tranquil spirit. Her favorite words of advice to me were “Stop and smell the roses” This advice seemed foreign from someone with so much drive and determination but the advice was given with the wisdom of years of experience. Words fail to adequately describe her gracious spirit. She was truly a lovely person. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

~ Tracy Hanger, Acting Fire Chief, Hampton Fire and Rescue

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Goldsmith's family and friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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