Robert Henry Smith, passed away peacefully at his home in Oakland on September 10, 2012. He was 92. He spent what would be his last evening among family, enjoying home movies recorded in years past, laughing at the antics of his three young children frolicking on the front lawn of their Fox Chapel home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Dunn Smith, affectionately known by him as "Smith-san"; two sons, Robert Haring-Smith (Tori Haring-Smith), of Washington, PA, David (Carole) of Pittsburgh; one daughter, Charlotte Bourhis (Alain) of Natick, MA; and by the four grandchildren who will forever lovingly remember him as "Happy", Whitney Haring-Smith (Abigail Seldin), of Hong Kong, Emma and Charlotte Smith of Pittsburgh, and Nicolas Bourhis of Natick, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha and Harry L. Smith, Jr. of Pittsburgh. He was retired in 1984 as a senior vice president in the international division of Mellon Bank after a 37 year career there. He enjoyed several adventures with Mellon, the first with a posting in London in 1969. His family fully immersed themselves in the traditions and travels of Europe and he was equally delighted in 1973 when Mellon sent him to Tokyo to open a new office. He returned to London in 1977 for one more stint before finally coming home to Pittsburgh. He served a distinguished career in the military, volunteering for the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1942. He was stationed in several countries, among them Scotland, England and Germany. In 1949, he was elevated to lieutenant and was recalled during the Korean War where he was stationed in Taiwan. In 1963, he was appointed captain. He graduated from Haverford College in 1941 and enrolled that fall in Harvard Business School. Though his post-graduate schooling was interrupted by his service during the war, he received his MBA from Harvard in 1947. He was a longtime member of the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh and the Fox Chapel Golf Club and later, The Pittsburgh Golf Club. Interment in Calvary Cemetery is private. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the Camille Mauclair/Duquesne Club Employees' Scholarship Fund, c/o Duquesne Club, 325 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., www.freyvogelfuneralhome.com, 412-621-1665.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from September 11 to September 12, 2012