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Howard Smith


1929 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Howard Smith Obituary
Howard Smith

1929 - 2015 GREAT BARRINGTON Howard W. Smith, 86, passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on June 20, 2015. Born on May 10, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of Edward and Dorothy Knoll Smith. He served during the Korean Conflict as an Army 2nd Lieutenant. Howard earned his B.A. degree from Williams College in 1951, a defining experience in his life. He played football for Williams and was an active alumnus. Howard graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1957 with a B.D. degree. The United Church of Christ was his passion for many years. He was also deeply committed to the Civil Rights Movement and worked tirelessly with various agencies throughout his career to improve the quality of life for minority families. Howard's career began as Associate Pastor and Minister to Students at Dartmouth College. He then became Pastor of Christ Church in Saxton's River, VT. He was involved with the National Council of Churches in NYC & Washington, D.C., the Commission on Religion & Race, the Chicago Conference on Religion & Race, and the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund. After living on the South side of Chicago in an attempt to racially integrate neighborhoods there, he and his wife, Valerie, and their three young children moved to West Hartford, CT. In Hartford, Howard began a career as a Search Consultant. He conducted, managed and marketed hundreds of executive searches in the insurance, banking and real estate investment arenas. While in Hartford, Valerie & Howard purchased a home in Sandisfield, MA. Howard cherished the many hours spent tending his blueberry bushes and apple trees, but was happiest mowing the fields on his tractor! He was an outdoor enthusiast, having hiked in the Tianshan Mountains, the Alps and the White Mountains to name a few. As a young man he was an accomplished athlete. Later in life he could be seen walking his whippets, who gave him so much pleasure! He leaves his wife, Valerie LeBrun Smith, whom he married in October of 1957, his sister; Susan and her husband, Bill Helman, his three children; Ann Smith, Michael and his wife, Lauren Smith and Julie Smith and her husband, Tim Oakes. He also leaves seven grandchildren; Brendan, Claire, Peter, and Katherine Smith, Mateer Hudgens, Eva and Angus Oakes. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Donations in Howard's memory may be made to either Fairview Hospital or the Berkshire Humane Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. 01230. To sign the guest book or send remembrances go to : www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 9, 2015
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