Rotary Foundation: Nancy Marks Honors Family Members with Paul Harris Fellowships

Nancy Marks made Paul Harris Fellows of her two brothers Robert Eugene Smith (Bob)  and Charles Michael Smith (Charlie) and each of their wives in a surprise presentation at Monday’s meeting. Both wives are named Barbara but Bob’s wife minimizes the confusion by using her nickname of Babs.

Andy Esser, the Foundation Chair is on the left and Nancy’s daughter and former Club member Sara is on the right.

Bob and Babs have lived all their life together in Raleigh where Bob has finally, but reluctantly, decided to close his law practice, according to Nancy.  She also mentioning that he clerked with our own Judge Willis Whichard, “back in the dark ages.”

Charlie, is Nancy’s “baby brother.” He and his wife Barbara, served several Methodist communities in eastern NC, including twice in Durham County. They are now retired back to the Smiths’ hometown, Washington, NC. Charlie was a long time Duke Trustee, and continues to be involved.

All three Smiths are Duke undergraduates’54, ’52 and ’58, and all attended grad school there.  A deceased older brother attended before and after World War II, and the granddaughter of their older sister (who didn’t attend because of WW II) received her 4th Duke degree in May, a PhD in Art History.

Sara, (named for 2 PDG wives in their former District) was honored as a PHF while they were still in Wilmington, prior to her Dad’s  Alzheimers’ journey.   He was the first Rotarian to be honored with a PHF by the Wilmington Club, back in 1975, which they also did for Nancy and made her an Honorary Member, sometime later.  As some may remember, Nancy was one of the earlier Ambassadorial Scholars back in the mid 50’s, and spent an unforgettable year in Aberdeen, Scotland.  According to Nancy she will never live long enough to repay the Rotary Foundation for that amazing experience.

So they all bleed Duke Blue…and Rotary Blue as well.



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