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Frederick William Smith

Frederick W. Smith (Fritz) was born on 1 August, 1964 in Hartford, CT. He earned his Eagle Scout award in Virginia while attending Woodson High School, graduating in 1982. He attended Mercersburg Academy and was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1987. As president of the debate team, he participated in the World Championships in Dublin, and later received the Jewish War Veterans Debate Prize. He was also awarded the Heflin Award for leadership in the humanities. After nuclear power training, he served aboard the submarine, USS City of Corpus Christi and later served as the Public Affairs Officer for the Submarine Group in Groton, CT. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his service. He left the Navy and enrolled in Purdue University where he graduated with honors with a Master's Degree in History. While working on his doctorates in American history, he joined C-SPAN archives as an Archivist for almost 16 years. Fritz was instrumental in C-SPAN winning the coveted Peabody Award for excellence in the digital media. He was an accomplished painter and water colorist moving in later years to computer manipulation of photography. Fritz sold a number of paintings and published a book of his work. He was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of West Lafayette and served as Council President for several years.

He is survived by his parents Admiral (ret) William and Sabra Smith, his sister Evangeline Smith Quinn and brother-in-law Kevin Quinn plus numerous cousins.

Memorial service will be 2 PM Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridan St., West Lafayette, IN 47906 or to your local chapter of the Sign the guest book and leave memories at

Published in the Journal & Courier on Mar. 23, 2014
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