Robert Smith
1924 - 2017
Robert Lee Smith

November 14, 1924 - December 13, 2017

Bob passed away at home in Berkeley California December 13, 2017 one month after his 93rd birthday. Born in Long Beach California to Maurice and Maude Smith. After high school Bob enlisted in the Army serving as a medic from April 1943 to October 1945. He then attended University of California Santa Barbara graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology where he met Frances Ruth Williams Smith, his wife of 67 years. Bob also earned a Masters in Criminology from University of California Berkeley, he was a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics and had a long and distinguished career in the Department of California Youth Authority. He took up writing in his retirement and published 8 books on various subjects near and dear to his heart. Bob and Fran shared a love of travel, photography, music, art, animals and cooking which lead them thru an adventurous and fulfilling life together. Bob is survived by his dear wife Frances, sister-in-law, three nieces and many friends. Donations in lieu of a service in memory of Bob can be made to:
Kindred Hospice
395 Taylor Boulevard,
Suite 200
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, and
Tilden Regional Park
P.O. Box 21074
Crestmont Station
Oakland, CA 96240
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2017.
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