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Ronald Clayton Smith Ph.D. Obituary
Ronald Clayton SMITH, PHD June 25, 1952 ~ March 22, 2012 Ronald Clayton Smith, born a twin (Donald Clayton Smith) on June 25, 1952 in Seattle, Washington to Sam and Marion Smith passed away after several years of battling cancer and multiple sclerosis. Ronald was a graduate of Garfield High School, matriculated to Dartmouth College where he received several academic citations, was a founding member of Dartmouth's Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., and was a member of Dartmouth'football team which won the Ivy League Championship each of his four years attendance at Dartmouth. While at Dartmouth College Ronald and Donald became known as "the Smitties" due to their classmates difficulty distinguishing them apart. Ronald returned toSeattle, married his High School sweetheart, Bonita (Bonnie) Carter, and continued his pursuit of academic achievement enrolling at the University of Washington where he received a Masters Degree and a PHD Degree in Educational Psychology. Ronald, affectionately known as "Dr. Ron" upon achieving the PHD, was employed at the University of Washington for 26 years until his health forced him into an early medical retirement. For several years Dr. Ron taught a youth Sunday school class at Mount Zion Baptist Church and was a member of Hercules Masonic Lodge. Dr. Ron was preceded in death by his father, longtime City of Seattle City Councilmember Sam Smith, his mother Marion K. Smith, and a brother Stephen K. Smith. Dr. Ron is survived by his sister Amelia I. Smith, brothers A. Carl Smith, Anthony E. Smith and his wife Doris, and his twin Donald C. Smith and his wife Sarah, nieces and nephews Nicole S. SaintClair her husband Nathan and their daughter Marion, Shasta Smith, Clayton Smith, Toron Smith, Keestra Smith, and Carnissa Lucas-Smith as well as several extended family members. A memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Ronald C. Smith will be held in Seattle at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2012
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