He taught at Colgate University, leading the debate team to an unprecedented six season winning streak on the NBC College Bowl Show, thus became Assistant to the President at Colgate.
In 1968, he was invited by President Novice Fawcett to become Vice President for Development for The Ohio State University. There he raised millions of dollars; was a good friend to Woody Hayes; and managed the student riots during that time period.
After leaving OSU, he became Vice President at The University of Maryland, then again at Washington College. In his career, he succeeded in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for higher education.
Robert is the father of Donald Smith (Deborah Flower-Smith), Lynn (Beaber) Smith, Michele (Willis) Smith, Paul Smith, and Greg Smith (Angie Hart Smith); Grandfather of Amanda (Andrew Anderson) Smith, Rachel (Spencer Gibson) Smith, Trevor Smith, Dustin Smith (Kelly Johnson), Nathaniel Smith, Steffie Willis, Dusty Willis, Katie Beaber, and Jamie (Timothy Leach) Beaber; Great-Grandfather of Fiona Gibson, and Bella Smith, all survive him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Joseph Smith, Sally (Lehman) Smith, Marcella (Schena) Smith, and Martin Smith. He is survived by James (Evelyn) Smith, Lucille (Dave Hart) Smith, and Edward Smith.
Family and friends of long standing were very important to him.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday (July 14, 2013) at Egan Ryan Funeral Home, 403 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215, with memorial service to follow at 4 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on July 20, 2013 at The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1 Church St., Andover, NY 14806.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, P.O. Box 761 Andover, NY 14806, Attn: Sue Stout, firstname.lastname@example.org or The Andover Free Library, P.O. Box 751, 40 Main St. Andover, NY 14806, Attn: Director Linda Adams, email@example.com.
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