Notices sorted by graduation date.
Courtney Anne Smith (Col ’93) of Alexandria, Virginia, died Feb. 28, 2019. At UVA, she was an Echols Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa before earning her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She later earned her master’s from Columbia University. Her legal passion was environmental justice, which led to her early career with the Southern Environmental Law Center. Highlights of her career included her pro bono service on behalf of asylum seekers while at Sidley Austin and her contribution to pending federal legislation to ensure that Transportation Security Administration employees killed in the line of duty receive the same death benefits as other federal law enforcement officers. Known for her deep love for her family, an unforgettable intensity, intellect, passion, strength and wit, she made people laugh and lived a life full of adventure and curiosity. She loved being outside, reading and debating. Survivors include her partner, Tom Urbanski; two sons; her mother; and her brother.
Lisa Michelle Reeder (Com ’96) of Charlottesville died Oct. 14, 2018. At UVA, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. A lifelong advocate for local food, Ms. Reeder graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health in 2003 and was one of the Local Food Hub’s earliest employees. She joined the organization in 2010 and filled a variety of roles. Most recently, she served as the farm and food access coordinator and interim director of grower services, coordinating efforts to get nutritious local food to vulnerable populations and supporting small Virginia farms. Ms. Reeder was the driving force behind the successful Fresh Farmacy program, which partners with the local health district to supply participants with local produce. She enthusiastically participated in the Charlottesville Food Justice Network and several other coalitions. Ms. Reeder’s contribution to her community extended well beyond her professional accomplishments. A good listener, she spoke with kindness and clarity and maintained cherished friendships. She was always present in her relationships, drawing people in with her inclusive nature and taking the time to make all feel welcome. Her natural parenting style, full of patience and grace, served as an influence to all who knew her. Survivors include her partner, Geoff Shaw; her son; and two sisters.