Meryl Smith, class of 1966

Meryl Smith was born and raised Orthodox Jewish in Providence, Rhode Island with her three brothers. Many of her family members attended Brown University and Pembroke College so when she graduated from Classical High School in 1962, she too attended Pembroke. She graduated from Pembroke in 1966 with an A.B in linguistics. She moved to Philadelphia to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania but dropped out after one semester in favor of a job as a computer programmer trainee. Smith worked as a computer programmer until she retired in 2007.