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SMITH--Ralph K. 85, of Locust Valley, NY on August 23. Attorney, beloved partner and father, devoted friend and volunteer, graduated from Sewickley, PA High School in 1942, joined the 63rd Infantry Division of the Army in 1943, receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Graduated Dartmouth College in 1948 Phi Beta Kappa, President of Delta Tau Fraternity. At Harvard Law School served as president of the Chancery Club. Partner at Sage Gray Todd and Sims 1951-1986, Townley & Updike 1987-1995, Snow Becker Krauss 1996-2011. Numerous volunteer positions include Trustee/VP of Seamen's Church Institute; Governor, Chairman of Executive Committee Hundred Year Association of New York; Governor of the Creek Club; Trustee Green Vale School. Survivors include longtime partner Faye Argentine of New York, NY; daughter Hillary Goodridge of Boston, MA; son Russell Smith of Mamaroneck, NY; granddaughter Annie Goodridge of Boston, MA; sisters Anne Smith VanderWolk of Pinehurst, NC and Margaret Smith Wenzel, M.D. of Naples, FL; brother Jay Smith of Princeton, NJ; sister-in-law Suzi Smith of Collinsville, CT; former wife Ann K. Smith of Vero Beach FL; thirteen nieces and nephews. Ralph touched so many with his incredible generosity, humor and zest for living. He will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues, clients and many friends. Services private.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 28, 2011
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