Susan Mayer-Smith, owner of GrapeCraft Wine Marketing, Dies
Dr. Susan Mayer-Smith, owner of GrapeCraft Wine Marketing, died of surgical complications January 23, 2010 at age 59. Susan, who earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology in French at the University of Marseilles, founded the non-profit American Vittoz Society in 2002. She invested in GrapeCraft in 2003 with her husband, winemaker Clark Smith, as a funding source for Vittoz, a European therapy method for treating phantom pain in amputees, ADD in children, and training in bringing the mind to the present moment in today’s world of sensory overload. Susan, who had suffered from Lyme disease, wanted her many female friends to be aware that she had acquired liver disease leading to her death as a result of self-medication for chronic pain, and had no idea how vulnerable the female body is to alcohol. Susie dedicated herself to raising service dogs, and desired that contributions in her name be made to Canine Companions for Independence.