|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2010|
Harold F. Smith, Jr.
BORN: April 8, 1923
DIED: August 3, 2010
LOCATION: Georgetown, TX
Captain Harold F. Smith, Jr. passed away on August 3, 2010. He was born April 8, 1923 in Dallas, Texas, son of Dr. and Mrs. Harold F. Smith.
After serving in the South Pacific on a cruiser during WWII, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in the class of 1948.
He married the love of his life, Mary Howland Ford in 1951. Following flight training he served in Air Anti-Submarine Squadron 25, Naval Air Training Center, Norman, Attack Squadron 95, and Fighter Squadron 152. He earned postgraduate degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and later, Financial Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. After designation as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer, he was Technical Liaison Officer to the AEC for the nuclear warhead programs for the Talos, Asroc, and Polaris 2 missiles. He served as head of the Advanced Technology Branch for Guided Missiles at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, DC, with collateral duty as head of the Sparrow and Sidewinder missile branch. He was Commanding Officer of the Navy Technical Representative Office at Hughes Aircraft responsible for the weapon system for the F-14 Tomcat. His final navy assignment was as Commanding Officer of the Naval Plant Representative Office, Long Beach, assigned responsibility for technical review, audit, flight test, and inspection acceptance of various contractual program assets including the A-4 Skyhawk series for the Navy, Marine Corps, and foreign governments, the C9 hospital and transport series for the Air Force and Navy, and the AV-8 Harrier for the Marine Corps.
After retiring from the Navy he established a computer accounting firm in Monterey, California. He also became CFO of the Automatic Baghouse Cyclone Company. He next became the Director of Finance and Administration, and Treasurer of the City of Seaside, California, then, Assistant City Manager, Administrative Services Director, and Treasurer of the City of Pacific Grove, California, and ended his civilian career as Administrative Services Director of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, which included Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, and the cities therein.
He also found time to teach finance and accounting at Monterey Peninsula College, and was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University lecturing in several different graduate courses in financial management. He retired in 2001 and relocated to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, son, Geoffrey Smith of Austin, Texas, son, Terence Smith, of Pacific Grove, California, and daughter, Cecily Smith and her husband, David Delaney of Champaign, Illinois. He will be interred in the Texas Veterans Cemetery near Killeen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the American Lung Association, 5926 Balcones Dr., Austin, TX 78731.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Friday, August 6, 2010 at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our Memorial Guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com.
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Record added: Aug 12, 2010
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