It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
I had cut out and set aside an article from the Tribune on Dr. William Reece Smith meaning to write and thank him, for accepting back in the 70's that appointment as Interim President at the University of South Florida. I personally was so pleased to have him at the helm during that time. If my recollection is correct, he invited all the faculty that year to a dinner he hosted downtown at the Univeristy Club, where we got to meet him and his wife personally. During his tenure at USF's helm we saw the Sun Dome completed. I remember his apprehension about signing off on the construction of a structure whose roof would be supported by air pressure! I think only after he learned that a similar structure had been successfully built at the Univ.of Florida did he consent. However after several years of going through those wind-tunnel-like revolving doors to get in that building, a later President had the roof replaced by one with conventional supports. Of course I wanted to thank him for signing off on my tenure back in 1977. He may have had a similar concern given that I had only been at USF for four years as an Associate Professor, after having served 7 years as an Assistant Professor at another University. But again I think he made the right call and I hope I contributed something to that great university over my eventual stay there of 30 years. I regret that his obituary appeared too soon after that article that I never got a chance to personally say: Thank you Dr. Smith!
We send our condolences to the Smith family on the loss of a great and wonderful man. Reece and my father, Ed Cutler, were law partners and good friends for many years and relied on one another for advice on a constant basis. He will be missed by all.
Reece sat in front of us every Sunday at Hyde Park. He would always greet us with a smile. He will be missed.
He was of great character and made an impact on our kids in 2012 during “Take Your Child To Work Day”. He allowed the children to invade his office and with a smile explained why his desk was so unique. My daughter (10 at the time) will never forget Mr. Smith and when I gave her the sad news her response was "he is so nice and he is alive and well." God Bless
There are not enough words to describe this true Southern gentlemen known to the world as Reece Smith. What a blessing to have known him for so many years at Carlton Fields. He was a giant in the legal profession; he was my friend.
A true southern gentleman that I will greatly miss . . . especially his welcoming and warm smile! I had the honor and wonderful experience to work with him 3.5 yrs with The Florida Classic Association, Inc. while he served as the Chairman of the Board. He was a true, great leader, and not just in Tampa Bay . . . one loved and respected! I will cherish the memories and many notes and letters he sent to me in support of my career. May he rest in peace. He will be missed greatly by many. Prayers to all his family and many friends for this huge loss! Linda M. Snyder
Mr. Smith was always very pleasant regardless of who you are. I will miss our "elevator conversations" and wise words. I was blessed to have met such an honorable man.
A dear sweet man. I had the honor of working with him many years ago at Carlton Fields. He had the cleanest shoes in Tampa. "Well done, good and faithful servant, well done..."
Mr. Smith always had kind words to say. Treated everyone with respect no matter what your position. I will miss our elevator conversations. I'm very honored to have met him.
Such an icon! I was so sad to read this.
Go, hero, into the light of your reward. We'll sure miss you.
I will miss you greatly. What a joy and blessing to have worked as your assistant all these years. Those of us who shared that role over the years were indeed privileged. Farewell dear friend.
I was in Mr. Smith's Professional Responsibility class at Stetson. He was a decent and honest man and a pleasure to know. Sympathies to his family.
Mr. Smith, Your kind words and smiling face will be missed! What an awesome Guardian Angel you will be! My condolences to the family!