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David Wade Smith

1944 - 2014 GREAT BARRINGTON David Wade Smith, 69, of Great Barrington, died at Fairview Commons on July 15, 2014. Born on Dece. 28, 1944, son of Edith Barry Smith, in Washington, D.C., where he grew up, he came to the Berkshires in 1986 from Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended schools in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his son, Arlan Eli Smith, his daughter-in-law, Sarasvati Muñoz-Smith, and granddaughter, Oona Suree Muñoz-Smith of Astoria, N.Y.; his brother, Barry G. Smith of Arlington, Va.; his ex-wife, Saralyn Frances Fosnight of Chicago, Ill.; his cousins, Ann Jones of Lake Tahoe, Calif., Mary Ratner of Menlo Park, Calif., Katherine Boland of North End, Ore., Brian O'Neill of Roseburg, Ore., and Amy O'Neill; partner, Lisa A. Novick, and dear friend, N. Darlene Bledsoe of Stockbridge. David was an actor in the 1960s in Washington, D.C., in New York, N.Y., in the 1970s, and in Great Barrington, most recently appearing in a performance of "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov in Shepherdstown, N.Y. He also studied and taught Tai Chi at Professor Chen Man-Ching's school, Shr Jung, in New York for 11 years, then opened Laughing Dragon Tai Chi school in Great Barrington in 1990. He was a member of the Core Faculty of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where he taught Tai Chi and Qigong. A frequent participant at "In Words/Out Words" at Deb Koffman's Artspace in Housatonic, David also photographed many of these performances and artists and had a show of his work in 2013 at Deb Koffman's Artspace. His work can be seen on his website David Wade Smith Photography (http://davidwadesmith.zenfolio.com). David also worked for more than 35 years as a freelance copy editor for various trade publishers in New York and handled some print design projects in Great Barrington. There will be a memorial service for him at a time and place to be announced.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 26, 2014
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