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Edith Orr (Gross) Smith

March 2, 1937 ~ March 23, 2022 (age 85)


Edith Gross Smith, passed away on March 23, 2022 in Asheville, NC.

 Edith was born on March 2, 1937 in Boston, MA to the late  Robert E. and Mary Lou Gross.


She earned degrees from Boston University and Mills College, where she studied with French composer Darius Milhaud.

She earned her doctorate in music from Stanford University.

Edith joined the music faculty of Orange Coast College in 1971, making an enduring impact on the lives and successful careers of a number of her students. Several of her students remained in contact with her throughout her life.


After retiring from OCC in 1998, she moved to Asheville and turned to other interests, including quilting and renovating her home and landscape.

Her passion for her several generations of Keeshonds and cats continued unabated, and her tuxedo cat, Hootie, was with her to the end.


Edith will be greatly missed by her friends.


She is survived by her sister Marcie Moore Oxman of La Jolla, California.


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