J. HAROLD "HAL" SMITH II, D.D.S., 67, peacefully passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in Westfield, Ind. He was born Feb. 20, 1947 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late J. Harold and Lorraine E. Smith. Hal was a 1965 graduate of Elmhurst High School, having attained Honorable mention for basketball. He attained Eagle Scout rank and Order of the Arrow in scouting. After high school he attended Indiana University (Bloomington) where he was a proud member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. Majoring in Government, he received a B.A. degree and was accepted to the I.U. School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. He graduated with a D.D.S. degree in 1973 and received the Great Lakes Society Award for his oral surgery achievements. He applied and was chosen for a post graduate Internship/Residency in the Oral Surgery program at the I.U. Medical Center. Following his training, he entered private practice and practiced as a partner for 20 years and in solo practice for 16 years in Indianapolis. He deeply enjoyed providing his specialty services to his many patients throughout his 35 years in practice. He retired from practice in 2011. In 1984 he was President of both the Indianapolis District Dental Society and the Indiana State of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Society. In 1985 he was Chairman of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Practice Management Committee and wrote the AAOMS Practice Management Manual. He was a member of local, state and national dental and oral surgical societies. He was an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and on staff at St. Vincent Hospital. During the last two years of private practice, he enjoyed providing oral surgery services (on a part-time basis) for the Indiana State Department of Corrections, serving inmates in the state prison system. He enjoyed golf, (two holes-in-one), playing Black Jack in Las Vegas and completing "projects" of clearing woods, landscaping, auto restoration and general repairs. Surviving are his two daughters, Jill (Olav) Hinke and Meg (Alex) Jocovic; grandchildren, Kora and Beck Hinke; half brother, Dick (Zella) Beerman; nephew, Todd Beerman; and Todd's mother, Penny Beerman; half sister Joy Manes. Throughout his life he was surrounded by good friends and many devoted and loyal Oral Surgery "team" members. "Special thanks to St. Vincent Hospital and his physicians: Dr. Dan Shull, Dr. Ken Ney, Dr. Dan Milton, Dr. Chris Leagre, Dr. John Morton and Dr. Dimitri Arbuck and their staffs and to his caregiver, Patricia Gill R.N., for prolonging his life." A Celebration of Life is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at Aaron Ruben Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, Ind., with a memorial service to begin at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Woodstock Club Historical Foundation, 1301 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 or Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Endowment, 631 East Third St., Bloomington, IN 47406-1200. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.arnmortuary.com. His one literary accomplishment was the self publishing of "The Maxims of Life". His lifelong favorite quote; "We're not here for a long time, We're here for a 'good time'". It was a 'GOOD TIME'!
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 3, 2014