Hampshire Bookshop Co-Founder: Mary Byers Smith
Mary Byers Smith, class of 1908, was the original president of The Hampshire Bookshop. A member of a prominent Andover, Massachusetts family of industrialists and philanthropists, she provided most of the financial support for the Bookshop’s founding and helped determine its mission and business policies. She never lived in Northampton, but commuted from her home in Andover for board meetings and, for about a decade, to work occasionally in the bookstore. Soon after 1926, she passed on the Hampshire Bookshop presidency to Marion Dodd and was never again actively involved in the Bookshop. After 1948 she lived in Boston, but still devoted her life to caring for her mother and doing social service volunteer work. She died in 1983 at the age of 97.
Mary Byers Smith (holding class numerals) at her 65th reunion at Smith College, 1973