Albert G. Smith, Jr. ’39, who started his career in the oil business and ended up in insurance, died on March 13, 2009, in DeLand, Florida.
He was born on July 17, 1917, in Brockton, Mass., and graduated from Brockton High School in 1935. He attended Bowdoin from 1935 to 1937, a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He worked for Colonial Beacon Oil Co. in Boston from 1939 to 1942 before joining the army in World War II. He served with the military police in Europe, participating in the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach and receiving six Battle Stars. After the war, he returned to Brockton, married, and worked for several other oil companies before joining his father and brother Graham in the Albert G. Smith & Sons insurance and real estate business. The firm later purchased and merged with other agencies to become the Smith, Buckley & Hunt Insurance Agency, of which he was appointed president in 1962. He served as president of Brockton’s Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Brockton Day Nursery, and the Brockton Rotary Club, and also served as a director of the former Plymouth Home National Bank, chairman of the Brockton Chapter of the Red Cross and treasurer of the Brockton Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 1989, he and his wife retired to Florida. He is survived by three daughters, Marcia A. Smith, Marian Corbyons and Susan Smith; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary F. Donahue Smith; by two sisters, Phyllis Davis and Christine Whitney; and by a brother, Graham Smith.