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R. Sydney Smith

Nashville, TN

R. Sydney Smith was born on September 15, 1927 in Nashville, TN and died on January 2, 2014 in West Palm Beach, FL.

He lived in Springfield, TN until 1944 and graduated from Peabody Demonstration School (now University School of Nashville) in 1945. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. degree in June 1949 and attended the University of Colorado the summer of 1948.

He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, 1945-46 and in the U.S. Air Force 1950-51.

He began his banking career with First American National Bank (now Regions) in 1949 as a trainee at the 808 Broadway Branch. In 1951, he was transferred to the Business Development Department. He was elected Assistant Cashier in 1957, Assistant Vice President in 1960, and Vice President in 1971. He was a graduate of the School of Financial Public Relations at Northwestern University in Chicago, and earned the Graduate Certificate of the American Institute of Banking.

He was a Board member of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Middle Tennessee Business Press Club, past President and Honorary member of the Nashville Advertising Federation and past alumni advisor of the Beta Pi Chapter (Vanderbilt) of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

He was past President of the Nashville Kennel Club and the Weimaraner Club of America.

He was a Communicant of Christ Church Cathedral.

He resided with his wife, the former Iris Washington in Jupiter, FL, and they had one daughter, Susan Eldred (Kevin), also of Jupiter.

His body was donated to the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.

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Published in The Tennessean on Jan. 6, 2014
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