Dr Shirley Smith – PESA founding member obituary

PESA is sad to announce the death of Dr Shirley Smith at the age of 93 on July 3, 2021.

Shirley was one of the five Members of the Informal Planning Committee (1969-70) that brought PESA into existence.
She was a Foundation Member of PESA and was active at Annual Conferences and in the PESA Sydney Branch 1970-1977.
More broadly, she is fondly remembered for her long-standing leadership in pursuing women’s rights, especially at the University of New South Wales.
Other members of the Informal Planning Committee also reached advanced age: Anna Hogg: 101, Bill Andersen and Les Brown: 99. Clearly PESA has strong bones, and if it can survive as long as its founders, it will be a mighty effort.

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