Thursday, June 28, 2007
Eric Parkman Smith, Concord's Concordian.
The Boston Globe today commemorates Eric Parkman Smith, the tenth-generation Concordian who so courteously corrected my pronunciation of "Thoreau" after I preached an entire sermon ten years ago about Henry David's strained relationship with the First Parish in Concord. Smith wrote a church history, served as a trustee at First Parish for 36 years, and felt a personal connection to the town's nineteenth-century history. (His mother met Louisa May Alcott, and he used to portray Bronson Alcott in living history exhibits, according to the obituary.) He was utterly charming — the obituary gives great examples of his Victorian courtesies — and I'm grateful to have known him.
("Eric P. Smith, authority on the history of Concord, at 97," Brian Marquard, Boston Globe 6.28.07)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 28 June 2007 at 8:16 AM