Professor Joseph H. Smith JrAugust 5, 2002
Troy Professor Joseph H. Smith Jr., 77, of Madison Avenue, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital Troy, after a brief illness.
Born in Moscow, PA he was son of the late Joseph H. and Marie Albertson Smith and husband of the late Marie A. Hennessey Cody Smith. He had resided in the Troy area since 1941 and earned his masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1954.
Professor Smith was an Associate Professor of the Electrical Computer and Systems Engineering Department and an Assistant Dean in the School of Engineering, retiring in 1991.
Professor Smith, over his 40 year career at RPI, had a significant impact in the initial development of the pre-engineering program and later as a faculty member in the engineering school. He was a strength in student advising, counseling, the coop program and transfer programs. His efforts and dedication awarded him the Sun and Balance Award of the Newman Club; the Darrin Counseling Award; the Alumni Excellence Award and he was elected to Phalanx; among others. He was active in alumni affairs and currently a student advisor at RPI and active in other RPI and professional associations. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Robert D. Cody of Stratford, CT and Kevin M. Cody and wife Patti of Cypress, CA; two sisters, Dorothy Weir of Oneonta and Marge Reichard of Palm Bay, FL; a brother, J.P. Smith of Katonah, NY; four grandchildren, Devan, Erin, Danielle and Michael Cody and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 12 noon at Christ Church United Methodist State St. and Fifth Ave. Troy with Rev. Dr. James A. Fenimore, Pastor and Janet Douglass, Associate Pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends may call at the Bryce Funeral Home Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy Thursday from 3-5 and 7-9pm.
Interment St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Professor Smith to the American Cancer Society 260 Osborne Road Loudonville, NY 12211.