{ "" }
Share ORIN's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
SMITH--Orin R.,

retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Engelhard Corporation, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. He was 81. Mr. Smith, son of Sidney Smith and Gladys deGroff Smith, was born in Newark, NJ, on August 13, 1935. He graduated from Brown University, Providence, RI, in 1957 with honors and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, where he was graduated valedictorian of the class of 1964. Mr. Smith received an honorary doctorate in economics from Centenary College in 1991. In May, 1994 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Monmouth University. Mr. Smith served as an officer in the United States Navy. Subsequently, he joined Allied Chemical Corporation in 1959 where he worked for ten years in various management roles. Mr. Smith moved to J.T. Baker, a division of Richardson-Merrell, Phillipsburg, NJ, in 1969 as marketing manager. In 1972, he joined M&T Chemicals, a subsidiary of American Can Company, Greenwich, CT, as director of sales and marketing, becoming general manager of New Business in 1974. He served as president from 1975 to 1977. Mr. Smith moved to the Engelhard Corporation in 1977 as senior vice president, Research and New Business Development, in the former Minerals & Chemicals Division. Mr. Smith held several key corporate and divisional management posts, including executive vice president of Engelhard Corporation and president of the Minerals & Chemicals Division. He served as president and chief executive officer of the corporation from 1984 through 1994, when he was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer where he served until his retirement on December 31, 2000. Mr. Smith was a former director of Ingersoll-Rand Company, Vulcan Materials Company, Applied Bio-Systems, Celera Corporation, Minorco, The Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, Chemical Manufacturers' Association, and past director-at-large of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. In addition, Mr. Smith was a past director of the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., the New Jersey Reinsurance Co., the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, past Trustee of Plimoth Plantation, Newark Museum, Welkind Rehabilitation Hospital, the Henry H. Kessler Foundation, Inc., and a past member of the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Boards of Trustees of the Manufacturers' Alliance (MAPI) and the Institute for Technological Advancement. He was also a past chairman of the Board of Trustees, Independent College Fund of New Jersey, an organization representing 15 independent New Jersey colleges and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Centenary College. The Smith Building at Centenary University is named in his honor. Mr. Smith was a recipient of the 1998 Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 1998. In September, 1993, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizens Award by the Watchung Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He received Monmouth University's 1986 Distinguished Business Leader's Award that recognizes distinguished contributions to the state and nation by a business or corporate leader. In 1985, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the alumni of Seton Hall University's School of Business. He recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Duxbury, Massachusetts. Mr. Smith was an avid sailor. He was also a serious collector of vintage automobiles, for which he received many awards. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Stephanie M. Bennett-Smith, who is president-emerita of Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Mr. Smith is also survived by two daughters, Lindsay Smith Fox and Robin Smith, a stepson, Brendan Bennett and his wife Leonie Parnell Bennett, and four grandchildren: Caitlin and Owen Bennett and Sidney and Adelaide Fox. A private burial service was held at Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, Massachusetts on August 20, 2016, by Reverend Grant W. Barber of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scituate, Massachusetts. Donations in Mr. Smith's memory may be made to the Duxbury Bay Maritime School in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to the Naval War College Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island, or to the student scholarship fund at Centenary University, Hackettstown, New Jersey. For online guestbook please visit our website macdonaldfuneralhome.com

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in New York Times on Aug. 26, 2016.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
June 5, 2019
We grew up on adjacent streets and played basketball on the backboard in their driveway. I admired the MG car which he had while in the Navy. I lost track a few years later. Orin was always very kind even back then.
Douglas Van Dyke
January 21, 2017
The first time I met Orin he made me feel like I had known him forever. He was so kind to me on many occasions. I think of him fondly.
Dennis Bartholomew
September 6, 2016
I will always remember the two of you at the Concours that you would participate. Thank you for sharing you automotive passion and collection.
For the Concours
Russell Glace
Russell Glace
August 31, 2016
Very sorry to hear that he passed so young. As a former employee of Engelhard, I think he was a very good leader of the business . I missed him when he retired
Rich Gay
August 30, 2016
very sorry for your loss, God bless
Engelhard Corp-35years
mike ivanitski
August 29, 2016
Dear Stephanie and Family:
We will miss Orin, too - a great man and wonderful friend. We send heartfelt wishes for consolation in your grief. With Love, Veronica and LeRoy
Veronica and LeRoy Reed and Lehr
August 29, 2016
Dear Stephanie; My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of this amazing man.. May God bless him.
Lenore Smith
August 26, 2016
Dear Mrs. Smith,
We were sorry to hear of Orin's passing.
He was such a nice man. Will miss hearing from him this coming season in Vero. Thinking of you. Greg & Bonnie Dobbs (Dobbs Plumbing)
August 25, 2016
Dear Stephanie, our hearts are broken. Sending you love and strength. Lynn and Bill
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences