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Richard M. Smith 1938 - 2013
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July 07, 2014
Of all the teachers in my life, there was no one who influenced or inspired me more than Mr.Smith. He gave me my love of music, a sense of purpose and a self-confidence I never had before. He challenged each of us to be better singers but he also made it fun to work hard. We got to experience the rewards of all that practicing with the applause and satisfaction of a great performance. And for those of us lucky enough, we got the experience of a lifetime...to sing and tour in Europe. I will never forget him and his love of music and life. I consider myself fortunate for all the musical moments under his direction and I am so grateful for having known him.
'The Lord bless you and keep you'
Ed Benedetti -Class of '72
February 27, 2014
I'm missing you.
August 11, 2013
Smitty,
What a tremendous influence you had on my life through the choirs music program. I had the thrill of attending the Philadelphia Orchestra this year during their performances of Carmina Burana and St. Matthew's Passion which we performed during my year's in choir. It was inspiring as I remembered your dedication to our school and the excellence your sought to achieve.
Thank you.
Robin Blair Menchhofer
Class of 1975
July 31, 2013
It is so heart-warming to read these reflections on Dick by his past students. I first came to know Dick not as a student of his but rather as a colleague working in SJCDA. His reputation as a master teacher and legend in choral music education preceded him. But it was as his colleague that he taught me so much. He mentored me as a young music educator and as a leader of SJCDA. I could always turn to Dick for wisdom and insight. He was a rare gentleman of unique intellect and humor, compassion and dignity. Over time, he became that most precious of treasures, a dear and loyal friend, and in many ways a father figure to me. I will always consider him truly one of my best friends, a blessing on my life and the lives of my family. My wife, children, and I all adored him. We loved him dearly and miss him so very much. I will never forget you and all that you meant to us Dick.
July 31, 2013
Mr Smith
Thank You for bringing music into my life.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
And give you peace.
July 30, 2013
Mr. Smith,
You Sir, changed my life. Your love of music, your world outlook, your ability to put up with students' nonsense and your sense of humor will surely be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
July 29, 2013
When he arrived at AHS, Mr. Smith was quite a change from Mr. Muschek. So young and with new ideas.

Although I left AHS after freshman year in 1962, I enjoyed being part of AHS' music programs, including recording two music albums (recorded in the auditorium) - in 1961 as part of the band accompanying the choir and in 1962 as part of the choir (see 1961 album cover photo with the young Mr. Smith, attached). I still trot out those albums to delight and amaze folks who might share my wonder that, even at that early point in his career, he pulled this together with high school musicians. I continued to be impressed at the things my classmates and subsequent students achieved with Mr. Smith's guidance and inspiration.

He also recognized that I was upset leaving AHS just as I was to start senior high, so he wrote in my yearbook that "any school would be proud to have you as a member" - words of both solace and encouragement that helped me make the transition.

After leaving AHS, and building on the foundation he helped to provide, I was able to participate in district level choir two high schools later in my senior year in PA.

Mr. Smith believed in both his abilities and ours - and he enjoyed helping us make the most of them. I learned that from him and have used it ever since when helping people learn and achieve more than they initially thought they could.

In attending the AHS Senior Farewell ceremonies on the Friday before graduation for the past 10 years, I am reminded of Mr. Smith as the senior choir members end the ceremony with "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" - to which I sing along, misty-eyed.

As many others have recalled, our lives were improved for having had the privilege to learn and laugh with Mr. Smith.
July 28, 2013
Smitty you will always have a great place in my heart that I will carry with me always. caroling. concert party, ASJ, the choir from Germany, the trip to CT, every 8th period class, every song, every smile and look of confidence on your face right before we began our first song, all the preparation that went into all the alumni concerts...your dedication and love for music, all of us and AHS will never be forgotten. The concert is over now go have some Johnny Walker Red and a smoke! rip Smitty!
July 27, 2013
I'm saddened to hear of Mr. Smiths passing. He was an amazing person, teacher and mentor. The choral world has lost a a supreme being! Blessed be..
July 27, 2013
A shadow crossed my heart when a co-worker told me of his passing. This man truly opened my eyes to world of music beyond rock & roll. I was in concert choir for five years, and will never forget the annual Christmas concerts we performed. And of course the caroling we did at the seniors houses afterwards. I also was in his Electronic Music class for three unforgettable years. He guided me in creating an actual piece of work that I still have today. You where the greatest teacher I ever had "Smitty". If any of us drive behind A building, throw him a wave, and maybe you'll hear the sound of an idling Harley Davison where he parked every day. To the coolest teacher ever.

Thank you and God bless.
July 26, 2013
"If you can talk, you can sing." R.M.S. 1963
July 26, 2013
Thank you to a wonderful teacher and great friend. You helped me discover a love for choral singing that I still have to this day...still singing after all these years! You also taught me to believe in myself...not at all easy for me...and gave me the courage to solo. The Europe trip of 1980...what can I say other that WOW! I have so many memories of that trip and my years as part of the AHS Concert Choir I truly would not know where to begin. You truly impacted the Rowand Family...my brother John and sister Linda all sang in the choir and we were all so sad to hear of your passing. Even my Dad and Mom have fond memories of caroling nights and wonderful concerts. I will have the amazing experience of watching my freshman daughter process in with the choir this Christmas...holding a candle and wearing those green robes...there is not a chance of dry eyes. RIP Smitty...you will be missed!
July 26, 2013
No one will ever forget all the europe trips, nobody could make that possible except smitty...RIP
July 25, 2013
What an impact Mr. Smith had on me! My life in high school revolved around music and I learned to love what we sang, in grouped quartets, and to appreciate so many types of music. We were exposed to so much by this amazing man. Concert Choir, Ensemble, Madrigal. Phrases still capture me: "Where blows the wind when the wind blow free..." (The Lowland Sea); "A white moth, a flying thing.." and "Pie for breakfast, Pie!" (The Devil and Daniel Webster); Trinadad! (Geographical Fugue), O Sacrum Convivium, Adeste Fidelis, The Lord Bless You and Keep You...and so much more. Truly, Mr. Smith was a shaper of so many lives. I wish I had the chance to thank him for the enjoyment of music that he instilled in me and that I have been able to pass to my children and grandchildren. AHS was a better place thanks to this teacher.
July 25, 2013
Smitty, you were one of a kind. You showed us how to appreciate all types of music and to expand all of our thinking. The European tour of 1980 was truly life changing. EML was a treat as well.

What an experience you offered to us while always being there for us. You never let many people in, but you always were you and you were an incredible man. Thanks for sharing your life with us and letting us have an incredible time while with you. Your legacy will live on in all of us. May you Rest in Peace.
July 25, 2013
I remember when Mr. Smith first arrived at AHS. He seemed hardly older than the seniors in the concert choir and indeed, he wasn't, being fresh out of college. I don't think anyone knew exactly what to expect from him.

What we should have expected was brilliance. Within a few years of his arrival, AHS sent 13 singers to All-State Chorus -- the largest contingent from any school in the state.

Then out of the blue, he announced we were going to Europe! My Mom co-chaired the parents committee that raised the necessary funding: we financed that trip largely by selling doughnuts every Saturday for 18 months.

To say that Mr. Smith impacted my life would be a gross understatement. He was an inspiration to me and, to read the comments of so many others, to nearly everyone he touched.

Mr. Smith and I share a birthday. I think of him every May 21st. And always will.
July 25, 2013
Reading everyones's tributes to Mr. Smith Shows how much he was respected and how much he influenced us.Every entry brings back wonderful memories and the names are an incredible memory to the past. I can "Hear the Murmuring Waters"and still sing it .
July 25, 2013
I will forever sing "Silent Night" in Latin due to Mr. Smith....he lives forever in my singing....
July 25, 2013
I didn't attend AHS, but Gateway. I sang in Dick's ASJ '88, roomed in and counseled All State, and interviewed for his job upon his retirement. I could have never filled his Reeboks. And I'm a choir director today thanks in part to his knowledge and support.

I remember the climb to his office (felt like visiting the Godfather). I deeply fell in love with "Like As The Culver On The Bared Bough". I enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. I loved the enigma that was Dick: older gentleman driving a Trans Am, drinking Johnnie Walker Red, wearing sweatsuits and high top Reeboks and all the while speaking of Bach and opera. He always made it a point to say hi at my Philadelphia Singers concerts at the Kimmel Center.

A thousand thanks to Dick Smith for helping shape the musician and choir director I am today. I hope the cherubim and seraphim can follow his tiny gestures because, as he said, "that's all you're gonna get."
July 25, 2013
I've had the opportunity to sing with choirs through college and after. It still amazes me when I think of the repertoire we sang in Concert Choir. We were singing motets and masses, major works (Carmina Burana!!) and madrigal pieces...all while sitting in quartets! I've talked to other directors about sitting that way, and they all scoff and say "I wish...".
I don't think I fully appreciated what Dick brought to AHS and the community.
I smile when I think of his directing style. Small hand gestures...leaning in and out...shhh with his face...
Conduct that Choir Triumphant Dick! Then have a beer and a smoke.
July 25, 2013
Mr.Smith was one of my favorite teachers in high school and he made choir one of my favorite classes. The quality of music he taught us was the best in the world. I remember him everytime I sing one of the old madrigals to my new son. We were lucky to have known you. Rest easy, Smitty.
July 24, 2013
Smitty made being in the choir a very cool thing to do. He made sure that choir was one big family. I still can remember many of the songs, madrigals were great. Christmas caroling at the seniors houses and winding up at the President's house for breakfast. The Europe Trip of '80 (there are just too many stories even 33 years later!) So for our friend Smitty, "just bring us some frosty cold ones!"
July 24, 2013
Such great memories singing with Mr. Smith. He made choir cool and fun. He even got some of us to wear tights in front of the whole school for Madrigals. I have such an appreciation for all kinds of music because of him. I will always remember you, Smitty.
July 24, 2013
I've had the opportunity to sing with choirs through college and after. It still amazes me when I think of the repertoire we sang in Concert Choir. We were singing motets and masses, major works (Carmina Burana!!) and madrigal pieces...all while sitting in quartets! I've talked to other directors about sitting that way, and they all scoff and say "I wish...".
I don't think I fully appreciated what Dick brought to AHS and the community.
I smile when I think of his directing style. Small hand gestures...leaning in and out...shhh with his face...
Conduct that Choir Triumphant Dick! Then have a beer and a smoke.
July 24, 2013
O Sacrum and many other songs were the common thread for each class he taught. We all learned them and were sewn into the tapestry that was Richard M. Smith. What a legacy. Smitty, you will be remembered fondly by so many. Thank you.
July 24, 2013
Mr SMITH was the coolest of cool when I was at Audubon.. He was a real hep cat..loved his music.. It's amazing to me how many times choir did Europe..he's one of those teachers we will never forget.. GOD BLESS I'll never forget you
July 24, 2013
Concert Choir, Ensemble, Madrigals, the Voyagers, All State, Carmina Burana, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Adeste Fideles, the Benediction, O Sacrum Convivium and many many others. Thank you, Dick.
July 23, 2013
I will always cherish the fond memories of concert choir with Mr. Smith. It still amazes me how he always brought out the best in us both as individuals and as a group. He has touched many lives with his passion for music and life. Thank you, dear teacher, till we meet again.
July 23, 2013
Just had the thought of how awesome it could have been if alumni came back from all over the country and we could have 500 of us circle the coffin and sing the Benediction. I always had tears in my eyes when we sang that in the Rotunda. Can't imagine I would be able to finish it this time. But it would be incredible.
July 23, 2013
Mr. Smith was more than a teacher - he was a friend. He taught us more than just music - he taught us about life. I have tears in my eyes as I'm writing this as all of the great memories of AHS choir are rushing through my mind -there's too many to list but the '75 European Tour was the highlight for me. When I think of AHS, my first thoughts always come back to the choir and Mr. Smith. "May the Lord bless you and keep you..." Rest in peace Mr. Smith.
July 23, 2013
Most of my fondest memories of high school came during 8th period. Mr. Smith , I will always have a song in my heart thanks to you.
July 23, 2013
We were all so blessed to have the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful endeavor that was led so energetically and skillfully by Mr. Smith. Your passion and joy for music truly touched an entire community for so many years. We are all deeply indebted to your service and leadership.

European Tour 1970 and Class of 1972
July 23, 2013
It's hard to imagine what high school would have been like without him. There are a few teachers whose classes and time spent - from grade school through college - still resonate in my daily life, but none more than him.

Andy Ennis '68
July 23, 2013
How sad to learn of Dick's passing. He was a great friend and help to this first year band director. His stature as legendary as a NJ choral music teacher is an understatement.

Every time I eat a BLT sandwich, I flash back to eating lunch with Dick, in the teacher's cafeteria and him ordering a "BLT with extra B". :)

It's just sad that only in his death we all come to express our gratitude and remembrances. I regret not having said these things to Dick when I could have.

Go easy friend.
July 23, 2013
R.I.P. Smitty, you will be missed!
July 23, 2013
Thank you for your leadership and for instilling a love of music in so many. Your passion for music, for teaching, and for your students was inspirational, and it was an honor to have been a part of the AHS choir under your direction. You have touched so many.
July 23, 2013
Mr. Smith WAS Audubon High School for me. Europe in 1970, NJ All-State Chorus, Madrigal Singers (still can't believe he got us guys to wear tights), Concert Choir, all night carolling, alumni concert, etc. He was a huge part of my life. I will be forever grateful for his influence.
July 22, 2013
Such sad news. My favorite memories of high school are the times spent in Concert Choir and Madrigals. RIP Smitty...you will be missed!
July 22, 2013
We had the honor of being Smitty's students for 6 years. At the end of a long day we actually looked forward to 8th period! Dick taught us about music AND life. Concert Choir, Ensemble, Madrigals, EML, and the '75 European Tour provide some of our most cherished memories. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.
July 22, 2013
Thank you for creating such a rich culture for young voices. Love of music, desire for excellence and friends beyond compare. I only wish I told you sooner.
July 22, 2013
May The Lord bless you and keep you Smitty. Thanks for all the wonderful memories at AHS. We love you!
July 22, 2013
When I think back to my days at AHS, my fondest and most vivid memories will forever be of choir. Mr Smith was so much more than a teacher to us all.....he was a mentor and a friend. He treated us as individuals, not as children. He had the ability to instill in you a love of music that you never knew you had. I will never forget holding hands in the rotunda at the end of the Christmas concert singing The Lord Bless You and Keep You.....that memory still brings me to tears. Farewell, Mr Smith.....you touched us all more than you know
July 22, 2013
So many wonderful memories choir with Mr. Smith. I cannot hear Carmina Burana without thinking of him. May his memory be eternal.
July 22, 2013
You will always be remembered . . . thanks for keeping a song in my heart.
July 22, 2013
R.I.P SMITTY You were such a great teacher and person...Thank You for the great times and memories in class ...
July 22, 2013
I was another of those AHS students fortunate enough to be part of the Choir (European Tour 1970) and to be taught by Smitty. Everything I know about choral music --skills I still use today -- I learned from him. Year after year, he took a bunch of bumbling students and turned us into vocal musicians who performed with the talent of professionals -- not the amateurs we were. All this while making it enjoyable. RIP, Smitty, you will never be forgotten.
July 22, 2013
He will never be forgotten. His love for music is a gift that he passed on to all who were fortunate enough to have him as a teacher/mentor. Our 1975 European Tour was truly a celebration of this love... I can still picture your smile and the gentle tapping of your finger on your heart when you were touched. Thank you, Mr. Smith.
July 22, 2013
Smitty you definitely changed my life for the better. Giving me a deeper appreciation for music. It was my honor studying Electric Music Lab, Choir, Madrigal and having the privilege of going on a European tour in 1980.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you.


Class of 1980
July 22, 2013
Thanks for the memories! You instilled a love of classical music in me. Have fun directing the angels in heaven!!
July 22, 2013
Such a great person and teacher!! You impacted my life greatly and you will be missed. RIP Smitty!
July 22, 2013
I'm so very sad to hear of Mr. Smith's passing. He had such a profound and lasting influence on so many of us. My life is much richer for my time in the AHS Choir.
July 22, 2013
Mr. Smith you have passed on skills to me that are so entertaining and useful in my life. You've got to be the best teacher at Audubon High school, I got along with you the best and had a wonderful time in your classes.
July 22, 2013
I came to Audubon HS in 1962 and was invited to join the choir. Dick Smith was so wonderful and made me feel as if I had always been a part of the group. I was fortunate enough to be under his talented guidance for some incredible performances all over Europe with the AHS Touring Choir in 1964 when I graduated. For a South Jersey gal, this was an opening to a love for travel. Dick Smith made that happen for 52 of us!!! I am sorry for his loss and remember him fondly. Louann Ballinghoff Eadie Class of 64
July 22, 2013
There are no words to express how sad I am to hear of Smitty's passing. He made Choir cool, he made music theory cool, he was cool. Thank you for all you did for us kids at AHS. Rest in peace.
July 22, 2013
Mr. Smith was my Music teacher back at Audubon Junior High School (1961-1963). I remember how friendly, interesting, & knowledgeable he was, and how all the students admired him ... Mr. Smith related very well with us.

He made such an impact playing & discussing West Side Story, that we made it the theme of our 8th Grade Party in the gym. I can still remember making the silhouettes of the dancers.

Thank you Mr. Smith for being a great role model, and for making music study not only tolerable, but very enjoyable. Your love of music truly rubbed off on all of us.

RIP .....
July 22, 2013
Goodbye, my friend.
You impacted my life in a meaningful way. I'm glad I had a chance to sit and talk with you before you moved on. See you on the other side. Bob Siri class of 68.
July 22, 2013
So sad to hear this. Mr. Smith was a great guy and an awesome teacher .He may be gone but will not be forgotten .
July 22, 2013
So very sorry to hear about Mr. Smith. I enjoyed choir and ensemble back in 1962 at Audubon High. He was a wonderful director, and a very nice man.
July 22, 2013
I was a member of the 1970 European tour choir. Mr. Smith made it possible and it was an incredible trip for a high school student I will always remember him as a very special teacher and person.
July 22, 2013
Enjoyed my time in his Electronic Music class; a very unique offering back in the early 90's. A great and fun teacher and will be missed!
July 22, 2013
So many happy memories of choir with Mr. Smith. It was great seeing and talking with him at the last alumni concert. He will be missed.
July 22, 2013
I first met Mr. Smith in 9th grade study hall, Friday afternoons, last class of the day. He came over to me and said he heard me humming all the bass parts the choir was rehearsing. He asked me if I would consider trying out for the choir. The rest was history.

I,like so many others, became emersed in his music program, singing at numerous concerts throughout the year and at many different places. He helped me in countless hours of preparation which led to being accepted into All South Jersey, N.J All-State and All-Northeast Chorus (a great memory). He inspired me to continue singing and I had the pleasure of singing with his mentor, Robert Page and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Temple University. Mr. Smith even got 4 of us a bit part in the opera "Aida" at the Academy of Music. What a thrill to be on stage. When he asked Jeanne Smith, Bob Siri, Henry Hartman and myself back to see the second performance of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" in the 1990's as well as the reunion concert, he demonstrated that he never forgot any of his "kids". Because of him, I am still singing today.

We are all of his extended family. Teachers and friends like Mr. Smith only come around so often. I am thankful that whoever hired Mr. Smith at AHS knew they had a star. That star will gow brightly in the sky every night from now on.

Thank you for being a friend Mr. Smith!
July 22, 2013
I remember him well. He was music teacher when I was in high school. Graduated 1972. Always a friendly hello and nice to talk to. Kathy Wylen
July 22, 2013
Mr Smith was one of my favorite teachers throughout high school. I have a lot of fond memories of him and his class. He will be truly missed.
July 22, 2013
What a loss! He was inspirational teacher, a very special man and so well respected. I was privileged to be on the 1970 European tour and have so many wonderful memories.
July 22, 2013
Knew you way back in the 60's and you were a star even then. What a special guy. RIP dear Richard, from a former colleague the same age as you...
July 22, 2013

Mr. Smith was my Jr. High & High School Choir Director. It would be an understatement to say that I'm thankful for the solid foundation in classical choral literature that he gave us. Although I did enjoy singing it at the time, I realized, only later, what an gift that truly was. While most other high school choirs were singing show tunes or choral adaptions of pop tunes and a classical song thrown in to round out the program, we were singing classical choral literature, no exceptions. We sang in Latin often, frequently in Italian, Spanish or German, and occasionally in English. Most of our performances were a capella, with section leaders discreetly blowing a single note on a pitch pipe to help us find our starting notes. However, on special occasions, like when we performed the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, with alumni, we were accompanied by no less than the Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony. As if that were not enough, Mr. Smith created a small "Madrigal Choir" where we dressed in authentic-looking 16th Century costumes, complete with the men in tights, and performed beautiful Renaissance and early Baroque music.

Each year several of Mr. Smith's students, including myself, qualified for All South Jersey Choir and few for All State Choir. Once I became a music teacher and had my own students in All South Jersey Choir, I saw just how involved and committed he was to this organization.

One of my fondest memories, which Mr. Smith also started, was the tradition of all-night caroling at the each of the Senior choral members' homes, the last home serving breakfast, of course. Another fond memory that was uncommon back then, and probably not allowed today in most public schools, was ending each concert with the Benediction (from Numbers 6:23-27), though he never claimed to do this for "religious reasons". We performed this in the rotunda, which was a beautiful entry area with excellent acoustics. After our last song, we would process out of the auditorium and sing the benediction:

The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
The Lord be gracious unto you.
Amen

Mr. Smith, you will definitely be missed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4C9zVg5X_A
July 22, 2013
I DIDNT HAVE THE PRIVELEGE OF HAVING HIM FOR A TEACHER, BUT AHS WAS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A TALENTED MAN, AND I'M SURE ALL UPCOMING ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDENTS AND CHOIR WILL KNOW OF TALENTS, RIP CLASS OF 72 &76
July 22, 2013
Mr. Smith, Concert Choir and the European Tour of 1970 changed my life. He was an amazing music teacher and accomplished so much in his lifetime. He will be missed.
July 22, 2013
Of all of the teachers I have had throughout my life, he was the most memorable. He was an amazing teacher and was able to connect with us in a way few teachers could. I am fortunate to have been his student for all my years at AHS. He will be missed.
July 22, 2013
Mr. Smith made my time in the choir very memorable at Audubon. He was a great guy and wonderful teacher. The final trip to Europe in 1980 was the most memorable experience that I had from high school and it would not have happened without Mr. Smith's determination on getting the money needed. My condolences to your family and friends. You can now be a conductor to the angel's choir in heaven.
July 22, 2013
As I told him once, he had no idea how he influenced my love of all music. He made it cool for a jock to sing. I will always be grateful.
July 22, 2013
Truly one of the legends of Audubon High. Choir is one of the highlights of my life and the European Tour of 75 will never be forgotten. I will miss him.
July 22, 2013
Mr. Smith was one of the most important teachers in my life. I don't think I'd be a music teacher NOW if not for his ability to make young people truly enjoy making music and feeling good about themselves. He left a lasting legacy to all the lives he touched.
July 22, 2013
So many fond memories come to mind when I think of Mr Smith. The music program was in tatters when he brought his youthful energy to Audubon High in the early 60s. He got the band going again, then focused on building a world class choir. As one of the fledgling band kids, I really admired him for the uphill struggles he faced getting us started. After high school, he got me my first real job - as a projectionist in Ocean City, NJ. That was a blast! And for a few summers, he became my friend Dick instead of Mr Smith. That was a period of more subtle instruction in living, not just in music. I will cherish these memories forever.

The jazz man Charles Lloyd said that, "music changes the molecules." From our own experience, we know how true that is. Thank you, Dick, for being in my life.
July 22, 2013
Sad news. Many fond memories of Concert Choir. Singing Alexander Nevsky with the Haddonfield Symphony was a highlight of my time in Choir. RIP...I'll bet he's directing a Choir of angels right now!
July 22, 2013
My grandmother Grace Banik ,was involved with helping to raise the funds for the 1st Europe trip.I grew up with stories about Mr Smith and couldn't wait to be part of the choir myself.I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of that and to know Mr.Smith,He was my favorite teacher and I am so broken hearted to hear of his passing.I want to send my deepest condolances to his family.
July 22, 2013
Ill never forget the awesome music he made us listen to in 8th grade cycle classes....stairway to heaven played backwards :)
July 22, 2013
Smitty will be missed..... He was an awesome electronic music teacher and I learned a lot about it from him
July 22, 2013
This guy was the best! When I returned to perform with alumni in 1993 (15 years after graduating), I couldn't *believe* he remembered me by name! I wasn't able to be on the European tour and I was always a quiet one!

The longer I continued to sing after AHS, the more I appreciated the rock-solid foundation that Smitty gave us in choral singing. I still have never come across a director as talented as him.
July 22, 2013
This is such sad news for me. Smitty was THE BEST! My happiest memories of Audubon High are the many hours I spent in the Concert Choir, Ensemble, All-State and South Jersey Choruses under his direction. He was a great guy and will be dearly missed not only by his friends and family, but by all of those young musicians and singers on whom he had a profound influence. The choirs in heaven will never be the same!
July 22, 2013
Mr Smith was truly an inspirational teacher.
I enjoyed the yrs I had under him.
He will be missed
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