Mary Gilmore Smith ’29 G ’38 has the longest and largest giving history of any annual donor to the Eta Pi Upsilon Endowed Scholarship Fund at Syracuse University. Gilmore died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the age of 106. During her tenure at Syracuse University—as a student, employee, alumnus, and donor—she served on many committees and held numerous leadership positions within the University.

Gilmore devoted countless hours of service to others—especially as an advocate for women. In fact, she was the first vocational counselor of women at SU. While serving as social director and acting dean of summer sessions (1938-1941), she was made an honorary member of Eta Pi Upsilon, the undergraduate women’s honorary society. During her tenure as an academic counselor to women students at University College, she and colleague Nancy Callahan Gelling started the Eta Pi Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to women studying part time at SU.

In 1940, Gilmore married Edward Allen Smith, a faculty member in SU’s business school. In keeping with SU’s policy that prohibited spouses to be employed by the University, she stepped down from her position when she married. Smith returned to SU in 1956 and served as assistant to the dean of human development (HSHP) and as an instructor. From 1963-1972 Gilmore was a counselor in the women’s center at University College. Upon her retirement in 1972, she worked for 18 years as director of RSVP for the Volunteer Center in Syracuse.

Among the many recognitions she received, Gilmore was awarded the Chancellor’s Citation and Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award (1994) and the Ollie Owen Award for Outstanding Community Service from RSVP (2000). In 2004, she was inducted into the archives of the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls.

Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Smith Hakanson of Syracuse, numerous grandchildren, and several generations of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Plymouth Congregational Church in Syracuse.