Robert V. Smith

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  • "He was the principal when my children attended Fairview..."
    - Diane Dyas
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Robert Valentine Smith, 89, of Taneytown, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taneytown.

Born Aug. 28, 1923, in West Hoboken, N.J., he was the son of the late Lawrence "Larry" and Catherine Emma Dietrich Smith. He was the husband of Kathleen P. Snype Smith, his wife of nearly 64 years.

Growing up in West Hoboken, now Union City, N.J., he was a stand-out baseball and basketball player at St. Michael's High School. He played baseball for three years in the New York Giants' farm league before the Giants moved to San Francisco. He then enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He served on one of the most decorated U.S. naval ships during World War II, the Fletcher class destroyer, USS Radford, DD446. Along with another destroyer, the Radford's crew saved 782 sailors from the torpedoed cruiser, USS Helena, during the battle of Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands. They sank an enemy cruiser and two destroyers and were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

After the war he attended Jersey City State College, New Jersey Teachers College, and Columbia University, where he earned a Master's Degree in education administration. He served as a teacher and then as principal of Fairview Elementary School in Monmouth County, N.J., for 34 years, retiring in 1984. Besides being a teacher and principal, he was chairman of the St. Mary's Parish council Education Committee in Middletown, N.J. He also operated a private reading school during summer months and coached youth baseball and basketball teams for many years.

He met his wife March 16, 1948, and they were married the following year on Aug. 27, 1949. They relocated to Taneytown's Carroll Vista community in June of 2005 and became active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Taneytown. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed frequenting the Taneytown library to read books. He also enjoyed giving astronomy lectures at local schools and libraries.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Smith, of Taneytown; sons Lawrence F. Smith and wife Susan, of East Greenwich, R.I., Brian E. Smith and wife Patty, of New Windsor, and Robert J. Smith and wife Karen, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; grandchildren Patricia Anderson and husband Nathan, of Monroe, Wash., Brian Smith and wife Katie, of Spotsylvania, Va., Jaclyn Smith and fiance Alex Turnbull, of Newport, R.I., Andrew Smith and girlfriend Amy D'Orazio, of Boston, Mass., and Zachary, Sarah and Victoria Smith, all of Lawrenceville; and great-grandchildren Jonathan, Matthew, Brian, Emily, Leah, Laura and Owen.

He was predeceased by a sister, Mabel Smith.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, where rosary will be shared at 8:45 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 44 W. Frederick St., Taneytown, with Monsignor Martin E. Feild and the Rev. Robert Mosher as celebrants. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 61, Taneytown, MD 21787.

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Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home - Taneytown
136 E Baltimore Street
Taneytown, MD 21787
Published in Carroll County Times on June 19, 2013
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