Kit Hildick-Smith

Obituary of Kit Hildick-Smith

Hildick-Smith, Kit Helen

Kit Hildick-Smith died on April 14th, 2018 at the age of 92 in Princeton, NJ.  She was born in New York City in 1925, the daughter of Fredrick and Eutha Richter.  Kit was an adventurous person, who starting flying at age 17 while in college at Bucknell University, class of 1946.  She became involved in social service and political activities in New York City and New York State. After World War II she moved to Denver, Colorado for work and more study.  In 1948 she moved to Norway where she worked at the U.S. Embassy as part of the Marshall Plan program and its reconstruction of post-war Europe.  After two years stationed in Oslo, she was transferred back to Marshall Plan headquarters in Washington, D.C., then next posted to the U.S. Embassy in London. While working in London she met Dr. Gavin (Pete) Hildick-Smith.  They were married in Switzerland in 1953 and emigrated to Canada later that year, where Pete continued in his practice of Pediatrics in Toronto and Ottawa.


Two years later they moved to Princeton, NJ, where Pete changed careers into pharmaceutical medical research.  While raising two sons, Peter and Andrew, Kit served on the Vestry of Trinity Church, on the Board of their Trenton After-School and mentoring program for many years.  In 1974 she started a local support group of the N.J. Symphony Orchestra, ultimately serving as a Trustee of the Symphony and as Chair of the Youth Concerts program state-wide.  Young Audiences of New Jersey was another similar interest and activity.  Environmental concerns and land preservation were also of great importance to Kit in her work with the Stony Brook Watershed Association in preserving land and water and encouraging young people in their programs.  Beyond her 63 years as a resident of Princeton, she also lived part-time in West Arlington, Vermont where she supported the Vermont Land Trust in local land conservation.


Kit is survived by her beloved sons, their wives and children: Peter and Beth Kaplan Hildick-Smith of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and their sons Alex, Jack and Charlie; Andrew Hildick-Smith and Hughie Jacobus of Winchester, MA, and their sons Gordon, Seth and Neil.


A small remembrance service will be held at Trinity Church, Princeton, on May 5th at 11 AM.  Memorials can be offered, if desired, to Trinity Church, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

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