CLARE HALL SMITH (Age 94)
Died at Suburban Hospital on May 31, 2012.
She was born in Quincy, IL, and came to
Washington with her family in 1925.
She graduated from the old Central High
School in 1935, where she earned her letter as the
Captain of the Rifle Team. She attended George Washington University
where she was also Captain of the Girls Rifle Team and President of Phi
Mu Sorority. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1941 and
worked for the Federal Housing Agency until she left to go to Army Air
Corp OCS in 1942.
As a Captain she served in USSTAF Hqs under General Toeey Spaatz in
London and Paris. She was redeployed after VE day to the FEAF Hqs of
General George Kenney in Manila.
After the war she went with the original cadre setting up the CIA. She left
that agency in 1947 to marry Professor Thomas A. Murrell and earn her
Masters degree at the University of Illinois. When they divorced she
returned to Washington and spent the rest of her career in the Office of the
Secretary of the Air Force as an Information Specialist.
In 1962 she married Dr. Paul Laurens Smith, a scientist with the Office of
Naval Research and accompanied him on his annual trips abroad as the
Navy member of a committee on transducers. He died in 1993.
She did volunteer work at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Air and Space
Museum and the Washington National Opera.
She is survived by one son, Kirk Murrell Halgren, of Cobb Island, MD and
a granddaughter, Amelia Halgren of Richmond, VA.
There will be a remembrance gathering Sunday, July 15 from 5 to 9 p.m., at
her home in Bethesda, 4707 Dover Road, 301-654-2329.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charlottesville Jazz Society,
2027 Woodbrook Court, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (434-996-7729)
Published in The Washington Post on July 12, 2012