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Kay Smith Richard


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Richard Kay Smith
December 31, 1932 - December 21, 2017

Noted cameraman Richard Kay Smith passed away peacefully at his home in Studio City on Thursday, December 21st, 2017, surrounded by those he loved. Dick, affectionately called "Kay" by family members, was born on December 31st, 1932 in Redlands, California. His father, Malcolm Smith, was a coach; his mother, Gertrude Cortner, was a church soloist.

Kay was recruited by Stanford University to play football. While attending Stanford, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. He returned to Stanford on the G.I. Bill, dedicated himself to his studies, and completed a degree in journalism. Kay joined NBC News in 1958 as a news cameraman. If you watched television news in the 1960s-1990s, you undoubtedly saw Kay's work. His images were used in local, state, national and international stories. He earned national recognition for his work: during his 36-year career with NBC, he received numerous awards, including two national Emmys and a Golden Mike. In 2012, he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Kay married Ann Wellen on February 7th, 1959 in South Pasadena. Family was the central part of Kay's life. He is survived by his wife, Ann; four children: William (Rose Hayden), Debra (Rick Simon), Michael and David; three grandchildren, Natalie, Taylor and Emma; his extended Wellen and Smith family; and many close friends.

A service will be held in his honor at Forest Lawn Mortuary, Hollywood Hills on January 27th at 12:00.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Jan. 7, 2018
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