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Robert Smith Obituary
Robert Scott Smith was born in Gary, IN on November 25, 1953 to Robert D. and Arlene Abbott Smith. A graduate of Valparaiso High School, Scott attended Indiana University (BS Chemistry-1975), then began his march south to Georgia Tech (Ph. D. Chemistry {Organic} 1980). Continuing south to Baton Rouge, LA, he was a research chemist for the Ethyl (now Albemarle) Corp. On June 13, 1981, he met his Cajun queen Susan, whom he married the following year. Three years later, they welcomed son, Luke. Scott and his family enjoyed sailing the Gulf coast on their Hobie 18 with Fleet 55. He also volunteered with Junior Achievement, the Gardere Lane Civic Assn., and the Libertarian Party of Louisiana.
Crossing west into Texas, moving further south Scott began employment at Exxon BCT in Baytown in March 1991. Son Devon was welcomed in 1992. Scott participated in YMCA father/son programs Indian Guides and Trail Blazers, spent six years on the Clear Lake City Community Assn., managed NASA Little League teams and loved every minute as an umpire. A few years later, Scott moved to SABIC laboratory in Sugar Land, began night classes at South Texas College of Law graduating in May 2001. The next summer Scott began his solo elder law firm, assisted by his ever-patient wife and children. Scott was a member of Houston Bar Assn. (various sections) DELAA (Disability & Elder Law Attorneys), Galveston Bar Assn., NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys), CAP (Community Assistance Providers) of Clear Lake & Pearland, and other networking groups. For ten years Scott volunteered his time and expertise as a court-appointed advocate with Child Advocates, Inc. At last count, he was named on over 30 chemistry patents.
Scott loved history, in particular, the Civil War. and was an avid Texans football fan. He loved gardening especially his many trees, pepper plants and lawn. Almost two weeks ago, Scott and Susan set sail on their first cruise, to the Bahamas. On Thursday, June 13, while on shore excursion at Little Stirrup Cay, Scott suffered an apparent fatal heart attack. His life will be celebrated Monday, June 24, 2013 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 15500 El Camino Real, Houston. Visitation 4-6 p.m., service 6 p.m., followed by a reception in the Parish Life Center. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles and beloved dogs Grignard and Happy. In addition to Susan, his wife of 30+ years, sons Luke and Devon, Scott is also survived by his parents, Bob and Arlene Smith of Lincoln, NE, brother Ron of Michigan City, IN, sisters Karen Everitt and family, Joyce Lerdahl and family, and many loving friends and relatives in the Midwest and South. The family would like to thank the captain and personnel of the Carnival Fascination, Veronica and Sara for their assistance in his law office and the many kindnesses of friends, neighbors and relatives. In lieu of flowers, donations of money and/or time may be made to Child Advocates, Inc., or CAP of Clear Lake or to the .


Published in Houston Chronicle from June 22 to June 23, 2013
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