Ann Smith, 76, Worked at the New Yorker and for Area Newspapers

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Ann D. Valkenburgh Smith, known to her friends as Andie, died May 26, 2018. She was 76.

ObitBorn in Boston, she was the daughter of Alice Schultz Valkenburgh and Roger Ransom Valkenburgh.

After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover (1960) and Vassar College (1964), she became an editorial assistant at the New Yorker for staff writer Ved Mehta.

She later moved to Darien and subsequently Greenwich, where she worked in various positions at The Wilton Bulletin, The Redding Pilot, and Community Answers, the Greenwich referral service where she served as the director of information.


This obituary previously was published by Greenwich Time and the Boston Globe.


She was most recently a resident at Brookhaven at Lexington, a retirement community in Lexington, MA.

She is survived by her brother, Roger R. Valkenburgh Jr. of Wilton; two daughters from her first marriage to John M. Kindred: Victoria Keziah of Boulder, CO, and Dr. Amy Anastasi of Belmont, MA; three stepsons from her second marriage to Philo Smith: Gregory Smith of Norwalk, Jonathan Smith of Ridgefield and Adam Smith of San Francisco; four grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 15 at Christ Church of Greenwich.

Andie was a polio sufferer since early childhood, a lover of literary and fine arts, and a lifelong advocate of freedom of choice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood, Compassion and Choices, or Post Polio Health International.

Editor’s note: Ann Smith is the second person connected with Darien to have recently passed away who had been an editorial assistant at the New Yorker. Barbara Dillon died on March 28.

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