|Remembering Victoria Holden Smith|
Victoria Marie Holden Smith, associate professor of communication, died June 12 in her UND office. She was 62.
Smith, the daughter of Frank and Joan (Schultz) Smith, was born Nov. 6, 1945 in South Bend, Ind. She moved with her family to Minneapolis, Minn., and graduated from South West High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1981, a master's degree in mass communication in 1986 and a doctorate in mass communications in 1993. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in all of her academic work.
Dr. Holden was appointed associate professor in the School of Communication in 1991. She published several articles in academic journals and was presently conducting research on the history of the School of Communication.
Her primary research interest was in media law. She had a secondary interest in science and environmental communication. She taught courses on reporting, history, media law and regulations, communication and society, and propaganda.
Smith wrote Freeing the First Amendment: Critical Perspectives on Freedom of Expression, and Facing Difference: Race, Gender and the Mass Media. Smith was the recipient of a fellowship from the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. She served two years at the director of the Northern Interscholastic Press Association (NIPA).
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Victoria, a longtime faculty member in the UND School of Communication,” said President Charles Kupchella. “Victoria's expertise in media law has long been respected by UND communication students. She guided and worked with many undergraduate and graduate students throughout her career, particularly in the areas of journalism, media law, communication and society, and propaganda and public opinion. On behalf of all of the faculty, staff and students, I extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Bill Holden, and their daughter. We, too, are deeply saddened and we share their loss.”
“This is a real loss to our UND family, and particularly to the School of Communication family” said Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Victoria was a dedicated faculty member who was well liked by her students and her colleagues. She will be missed by all of us at the University of North Dakota."
She married William Holden, a former communication faculty member, Nov. 6, 1992 in Grand Forks.
She is survived by her husband, William, Manvel, N.D.; her mother, Joan Smith; a daughter, Marie Joan Holden, Manvel, N.D.; sisters, Kimberley (Jay) Bukstein, St. Paul, Minn., Patricia (Clint) Atkinson, Keene, N.H.; step-daughter, Laure (Steve Dimopoulos) Holden, St. Louis Park, Minn.; step-son, Michael (Catharine Crane) Holden, Edina, Minn., and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank.
A memorial mass was held June 16 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks, N.D. The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com ( http://www.normanfuneral.com/ )
Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, South Washington St., Grand Forks.
Funds have been set up for donations:
School of Communication Scholarship Fund
Victoria Holden Smith Memorial
University of North Dakota Alumni Association
3100 University Avenue Stop 8157
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Marie Holden Fund
University Federal Credit Union
2901 University Avenue Stop 8222
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Circle of Friends Humane Society
Victoria Holden Memorial
4375 N. Washington St.
Grand Forks, ND 58203