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SMITH--Frederick. Frederick Middleton Rotan Smith, of Manhattan, passed away on August 11, 2017, at age 75, from complications related to heart disease. Fred was born in New York City, where he attended St. Bernard's School. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1959 and received a B.A. in...

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I work at the Aperture Foundation and had the privilege to meet Fred after he joined our board. He brought insight, direction, and humor to our organization and he will be greatly missed.

Very few like Fred who had at his disposal a remarkable intellect, great passion for his craft and for the things and people he loved, and an infectious pleasure in living. And he lived a big life exactly as he wanted doing it his way. We shall miss him so very much.

Fred, you were my first mentor when I joined The First Boston Corporation in 1971. I could not have had a better teacher, boss , friend and advisor. An entire generation of young bankers "went to school" under your exacting standards and ethics, learning most of what we carried with us for the rest of our Careers. And you did it all with a wry smile, a quick joke and a flourish while practicing your golf swing. You were one of a kind.

May love guide your family and loved ones through these difficult days to a place of peace and fond remembering.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

India Feb 2014

Fred, I will always miss you. Your love, support, laughter, wicked smarts, great advice, help doing crosswords, golf tips, intellectual curiosity, love of travel, willingness to debate anyone anytime and general love of living have impacted all of us. There is a hole in my heart and in the universe. Thanks for being my best friend and closest companion for 30 years. I love you very much. Gale