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Mount Vernon mourns the passing of one of its most active and generous supporters, Clarice Smith. In partnership with her late husband, Robert H. Smith, the Smiths provided invaluable assistance to George Washington’s Mount Vernon as the institution rose up to meet the 21st century.

From the auditorium in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex, along with the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater in the Ford Orientation Center that both bear their names, to an upgraded Revolutionary War Theater in the Education Center in honor of their son, David Bruce Smith, they have supported spaces that have allowed millions of visitors to enjoy and learn about George Washington. Additionally, in honor of their children, the Smiths funded book publications and the celebrated Michelle Smith lecture series, which brings renowned authors to the estate to discuss their bestselling books. Michelle Smith predeceased her mother in 2020. 

Mount Vernon President and CEO, Doug Bradburn, says, “We are saddened at the passing of Clarice Smith and extend our heartfelt sympathies to her son David Bruce Smith and the rest of the Smith family. Mount Vernon is deeply grateful to the Smith family for their unfailing support allowing us to realize so many educational, technological, and preservation advancements. Clarice Smith was a beneficent supporter, and Mount Vernon has been fortunate to have her as our champion. We are able to continue to effectively tell the story of George Washington to today's modern audience because of the philanthropy and dedication of Robert H. and Clarice Smith."


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