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March 14, 2013
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.
February 05, 2013
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!
January 17, 2013
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.
January 15, 2013
Reece sat in front of us every Sunday at Hyde Park. He would always greet us with a smile. He will be missed.
January 14, 2013
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

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