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Vicki Smith '65

Surrounded by her family, Vicki Van Fleet Smith, 70, died May 26, 2013, at her home in Martinez, California after a truly valiant and courageous battle with cancer. She was born to the late Chester and Mary Van Fleet, August 11, 1942 in Columbus, Ohio. Vicki graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego and received a BA in History from Antioch College in Ohio and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Vicki dedicated her professional career to service in the public mental health system. She retired as the director for adult and older adult programs at the California Institute for Mental Health in 2011. Previously, she served as CEO of Phoenix Programs, a non-profit community-based mental health agency. She was instrumental in the creation of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies and in the development of the first national credential in psychiatric rehabilitation serving as the founding President of the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Her love for travel took her to Ireland, France, Spain, Egypt, Greece, Senegal, Australia, Mexico, England and Central America. She was passionate about rock art, and was an active member of the American Rock Art Research Association, which extended her travels into the American Southwest and Hawai’i. Vicki was an accomplished quilter who graciously accepted every opportunity to design and make a beautiful new quilt for each baby who came into her life including her own grandchildren and the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of her wide circle of friends. A Vicki quilt is a true work of art! Vicki is survived by her brother Daryl (Jean) and two children: Scott B Smith III (Tara) of Kula, HI and Christopher Smith of Berkeley, CA. She also is survived by her grand-daughter Jasmìn Smith Torres and grandsons Christopher Smith Jr., Tuloa B Smith and Chuka B Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Muir Heritage Land Trust, P.O. Box 2452, Martinez, CA 94553 or visit to make a donation online. Per her request, Vicki’s ashes will be released into the San Francisco Bay. A celebration of her life will be held in late June”