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Richard H. SMITH


1944 - 2016 Notice Condolences
Richard H. SMITH Notice


It is with indescribable sadness that we announce the passing of our incredible father, friend and role model Richard (Dick) H. Smith, Jr. of Columbia, Maryland. He died on Monday, August 8 at 6am at only 71 years of age from complications sustained after sudden cardiac arrest the week prior while vacationing in Driggs, Idaho. Dick remained strong and active throughout his life. He loved spending time with his family, and enjoyed going for morning and evening runs, especially in natural spaces like those that surrounded his Idaho vacation home. In his last moments, he was truly doing something that he loved. Dick was born on September 7, 1944 near Baltimore, MD, weighing in at a robust 10 lbs according to the farm's chicken scale. He received his Bachelors of Science in 1966 and his PhD in 1971 from Johns Hopkins University. He lived most of his life in Columbia, MD where he worked as an electrical engineer for the Applied Physics Lab for over 40 years. He recently retired in 2015. Throughout his life, he balanced his interest in physics with a love of nature. Dick championed environmental stewardship and was incredibly active in the Maryland Entomological Society and the Lepidopterist Society throughout the Delmarva area. He was the Secretary of the Maryland Entomological Society. (MES). He is survived by his wife Gloria and their two children, Warren and his wife Billie Jo of Ashburn, VA, and Michelle Smith and her husband Jason of Carbondale, CO; and by two grandsons, Liam of Ashburn and Kilian of Carbondale. Close relatives include Gloria's sister Lorraine Kulbicki and her children, Elizabeth and Kathryn; Gloria's brother Bernard Style, his wife Mary Beth and children, Mary Grace and Matthew. Viewing and Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 16 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm and Wednesday, August 17 from 11-12 at the Mitchell - Wiedefeld Funeral Home followed by Memorial Services at the Delaney Valley Memorial Gardens. A luncheon will be held after the memorial at a place to be determined. Addresses below. See more and please add yourself to our guest list here: http://www.gloriaandrichard.co
Published in Baltimore Sun on Aug. 14, 2016
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