Richard Wallis Smith ’57 died on October 13, 2003, in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
Born on September 7, 1934, in Malden, MA, he prepared for college at Medford High School and the Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1958 as a member of the Class of 1957, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army for six months before joining the faculty at the Browne and Nichols School, where he taught mathematics and coached football and basketball. From 1966 to 1968, he held the same positions in Weston, MA. He was an assistant to the superintendent of schools in Northampton, MA, from 1968 until 1980, when he joined the faculty at the Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield, MA, where he was an assistant principal and athletic director. He was also a color commentator for radio broadcasts for the Northampton High School football team for many years and, as a reservist in the U.S. Army, attended the Armored Officers School in Fort Knox, KY. He received a master of education degree from Boston University in 1968 and also did graduate work in mathematics at Framingham State Teachers College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He retired in 1996. He was a member of the Kings Way Golf Association, the Handel and Haydn Choral Society of Boston, and the Elks. He also was a court investigator for the Hampshire-Franklin District Courts. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane Davis Smith, whom he married in 1964; a son, Richard W. Smith of Whitman, MA; a daughter, Melissa P. Smith of Northampton, MA; a brother, Arthur D. Smith of Baltimore, MD; and two grandchildren.