Lawrence-Smith-Obituary

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Lawrence B. Smith

Jan 28, 1951 - Aug 11, 2016 (Age 65)

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For what turned out to be the last year of his life, Larry and I had breakfast every Thursday at The Tastee Diner in Silver Spring, near his office. We befriend the wonderful Ethiopian waitress who served us, and we befriend each other in a way we had not done before. We became each other's confidants. Through the process, we shared just about everything in the way of information and emotion two guys can share in an hour-and-a-half of mostly transparent conversation. As fellow students...

Larry was an inspiration. I first appreciated his writing, and then had the pleasure of taking classes from him at the University of Maryland. I consider myself fortunate for having had the opportunity to learn from him. It was very evident what a genuinely wonderful man he was. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Larry and I met in graduate social work school in 1979 in Washington, DC and have been housemates for a couple years there and friends for 37 years. He was one of my best friends and we had many good times together. We had deep soulful discussions and hilarious conversations with high states of laughter on many occasions. Larry will be deeply missed by me, as we shared so much over 3 decades even though I was on the West coast and he, on the East coast. His intelligence; heart and sense of...

We met Larry 16 years ago when we were dealing with the difficulties of RAD with our daughter. He also was very supportive to me when my husband suddenly died. From the very first meeting, I felt finally somebody understands. I felt so sad when I learned last night that he had died. He was a light in the darkness for us and even though I haven't seen him for many years, I have often thought of him. He was very special and I miss him already.

I "knew" Lawrence B. Smith only from afar thanks to his online online explanations of FASD. I've read and reread his evolving FASD article, and I so much appreciate his way of going deeper into the sequence of "glitches" that result in the difficulties that make life for so difficult for individuals with FASD. "Brain damage" is much too succinct for understanding the baffling "logic" and behavior in FASD.

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I am so sad to hear of Larry's passing. My two internationally adopted children and my husband and I saw him for 5 years nearly 10 years ago. He was the first person who understood what we were going through with attachment issues, and who truly supported us as parents. I remember telling him that others thought we were over reacting to our kids' issues. He responded, "They are under reacting." He was the first person who really gave us hope. And then he helped my children heal....

I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I had worked for him for many years on his website. He also took the time to talk to me about his findings in the field of attachment which are of interest to me because of my son.

I will miss him and I am sorry for the family's loss. God bless you Larry.

Some of us are lucky enough to have a life long friend, I lost mine with Larry's passing. Larry was an intelligent,witty,and caring man who truly was interested in everyone's opinions.
Whenever we were together there were long conversations usually with many stories from the past for everyone's entertainment.
I could go on and on but simply put we were friends who were always there for each other and he will be in my thoughts always.
Rest in peace my friend!

Larry gave his heart and soul to our kids, and to us. He was a rare jewel in this world and I hope he is at peace. I am a better person for having known and learned from him and I feel certain our kids (and by that I mean all of our kids, most of whom are adoptees, and who were also in every way his kids too) carry less pain because of his caring, insight, incredible intelligence and intuition, and compassion. He made me laugh when all I felt like doing was cry and he carried so much of...

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Lawrence B. Smith- LCSW-C, age 65, passed away at his home in Silver Spring, MD on Thursday August 11, 2016. He was born on January 28, 1951 in Albany, NY to William and Jean (White) Smith. Larry grew up in Dover, NH and attended St. Thomas High School graduating in 1969. Larry went on to...

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