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May 29, 2016

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July 7, 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.
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