Ted-Smith-Obituary

Ted Jay Smith III, Ph.D.

Richmond, Virginia

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On behalf of the Members of The Philadelphia Society, I express our condolences to his wife Rosemary. Ted's presentations and presence at the Society's meetings will be sorely missed.

It is with much saddness that we reflect on our friendship with Ted. There is no doubt that he was admired and respected by all his colleagues and students. We were fortunate to know Ted also as a friend. He was an excellent cupid in our lives and his love of the natural world, expecially birds, has influenced us to this day. Among all of his qualities he was also a romantic. The support and encouragement he gave to Rosemary and his friends bespeaks of a generosity of spirit that is rare. To...

Ted was a colleague and friend during the time he and Rosemary were in Warrnambool, Australia. He made a major contribution to his discipline, introducing a new rigour to the "American school" of communication (as opposed to the wave of cultural studies which was rising). He was instrumental in the development of the Centre for Communication Research and the establishment of the Public Relations degree at Warrnambool, which is now a campus of Deakin University in Victoria.
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Ted was a joy to work with, and we at Monsanto were blessed to have him as a colleague and partner. He made us better communicators, but more importantly, better people. Thanks to his family for sharing his wisdom and joy with us. Our thoughts are with you.

I am surprised and sad to learn of Ted's death. Persons of his character, intelligence, gentleness and grace are rare and invaluable. I am sorry that he is gone so much before his time, and especially sorry for those who knew him best, loved him most, and thus will most deeply feel his loss.

Please accept my condolences on your loss of this wonderful gentleman and scholar. I've known Ted for over a decade through the National Association of Scholars, and always especially looked forward to getting to talk to him, for whenever I did, I learned a great deal, and had a wonderful time doing so. At the 2002 NAS Board of Directors meeting, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ted at dinner, who was one of the most brilliant and amusing conversationalists I've ever met. What a gift he...

Dear Rosemary,

We were deeply saddened by news of Ted’s death. We hope he did not suffer too much near the end. In my last conversation with him in November he demonstrated great courage in the face of his health problems. We will always remember him as a fine leader and colleague in the VAS and as a fine person. We will miss him mightily.

You have our deepest sympathies and very best wishes.

Marie and Allan Mandelstamm

I am blessed to have known and worked with Ted in the Virginia Association of Scholars, and my prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with his wife, Rosemary, and all of his family.

Ted was a wonderful person and an excellent leader of the Virginia Association of Scholars. My condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

Carey Stronach

Obituary

Ted's Obituary

Ted Smith passed away in Richmond, Virginia. Funeral Home Services for Ted are being provided by Bliley's Funeral Homes. The obituary was featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 7, 2004.