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66, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.
Rip was born and raised in Louisville, and graduated from Atherton High School, where he played football, led the debate team, and was president of the student council. Rip graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Harvard Law School.
Rip had a varied and accomplished legal career. Smith was a staff attorney for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a research associate with the Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies. He also served as U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's Special Counsel for Foreign Policy. Smith was appointed by President Clinton as a science and policy advisor to the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and lectured internationally on United Nations-NATO cooperation in peacekeeping. For the last 36 years, he has been a professor in international and environmental policy at the University Of Southern California School Of Law in 1980.
Rip is survived by his father, Edwin, his son, Dylan, several nieces and nephews, and his close friend and former wife, Denelle. He is remembered by family, friends, students and colleagues as a kind, gentle man with a quick smile and infectious laugh. The world was benefited by his presence. He will be missed.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 10, 2016
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