Donald K. Smith

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SMITH DONALD KAYE SMITH (Age 77) Died Wednesday, April 7, 2010 in Vero Beach, FL. He was born in Berea, Ohio, July 11, 1932 to Harry Leonard and Goldie Estelle Smith. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1954 and his Juris Doctor from George Washington University in 1957. Bars included D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court. In 1955, he married Sarah Elizabeth Glascock and practiced law in Washington from 1958 to 1963, at which time he accepted a job with Government Employees Insurance Co. He worked there until 1992 when he retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Director; He was also Senior V.P. and General Counsel, GEICO Corp., Chairman of the Board, GEICO Properties, Inc. and GEICO Washington Properties, Inc. Director, Garden State Life Insurance Co. and Resolute Reinsurance Co. President, Old Farm Civic Association, 1967; Trustee, Washington Opera, 1980-1992; Maryland Board of Trade; Greater Washington Board of Trade; Washington Trustee, Federal City Council. Member ABA, D.C. Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Rotary (President, North Bethesda, MD 1977) and Vero Beach, Scottish Rite, Masons and he served on the boards of Asbury Solomons, and Asbury Services Inc. and was a director of Vero Beach Opera. He belonged to Columbia Country Club, John''s Island Club, Quail Valley Golf Club and the Terrapin Club. He was instrumental in creating the first Endowment Fund for Middleham and St. Peters Parish, Calvert County, MD and the founding of the 1684 Society. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sarabeth; two sons, Blair Webster (Stirling) and Gregory Mason (Beth) and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Eric Vaughan. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 17, 2010 at The Great Hall Middleham Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Middleham and St. Peters Parish, P.O. Box 227, Lusby, MD 20657 or Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960. A guestbook may be signed at www.strunkfuneralhome.com . Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, FL.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 11, 2010
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