UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: 6,000th post honors the life of David O. Smith

Thursday, March 7, 2013

6,000th post honors the life of David O. Smith

David O. Smith, 89, of Fairfield and Southport CT, beloved husband of Janet R. Smith died peacefully on December 25th at the Bridgeport Hospital. Born in Glen Ridge, NJ, he was the son of Charles Orchard Smith and Marjorie McConaughy Smith. He graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and later Miami University of Ohio. He received his MBA at Northeastern University. He was a Merchant Marine Veteran of WWII. David served as a fundraiser and development officer for over 35 organizations during his career. These included: Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, The New York Urban Coalition, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Family Services Woodfield, New York Public Library, Metropolitan Opera, and the United Negro College Fund. David also volunteered his services to several organizations that were dear to him including The Andrew Glover Youth Program as a co-founder, Family Services Woodfield (FSW) as a Board Chairman and lifetime Trustee, Pequot Library as a Trustee, Trinity Church as Senior Warden, and St. Marks Day Care Center, which he assisted in establishing plus other day care centers in Bridgeport, CT. David's passionate concern was for inner city youth. He co-founded the Andrew Glover Youth Program, an organization in New York City that rescues and mentors young people who are at risk of going to prison. David also gave volunteer assistance to the FSW's Youth Business Center in Bridgeport's East End. David was a member of the Fairfield Beach Club and the Pequot Yacht Club. As an avid sailor, he delighted in year-round small boat racing. At the PYC he introduced Bridgeport youth to sailing through "Sailing with Neighbors", a program he helped start. Survivors in addition to his loving wife of 60 years, include two children, Susan Smith-Sargent and her husband Robert C. Sargent, of Lexington, KY and Rev. Charles S. Smith and his wife Elaina Smith of Potsdam, NY; and three grandchildren, Anna Smith-Sargent, Aaron Smith, and David Smith. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday December 31 at 11am at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of David Smith may be made to FSW's Youth Business Center, 475 Clinton Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

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