Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dr. Richard A. Smith Passes Away

Dr. Richard Smith, retired San Jose State University geology professor and longtime member of the Far Western Section of the NAGT has passed away:

From the Redlands Tribune:

Richard A. Smith, 85, died December 13, 2009, at his home in Oakland. He was the son of Howard and Marcella Smith, original owners of Smith's Jewelers.

Richard was raised in Redlands, graduating from Redlands High School in 1942. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps for two years during World War II, then returned to Stanford, graduating in 1948. He received his master's degree from Stanford in 1950 and his doctorate in education from Colorado State University in 1956.

Dr. Smith joined the faculty at San Jose State University in 1955, served as a coordinator for the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966 and retired from SJSU in 1987 as associate dean of the geology and natural sciences department.

Dr. Smith was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Jane. He is survived by his present wife, Delcye, of Oakland, his sister, Patti, four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

For those who might be interested, Dick's memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 1:00 pm at:

First Lutheran Church
600 Homer Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

There is a map and directions on their web site at

More on Dick's life can be found here.

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