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Richard Smith, 92

Thu, 09/01/2022 - 10:29

Feb. 27, 1930 - Aug. 20, 2022

Richard W. Smith Jr., a past president of the Maidstone Club, died at his Borden Lane residence in East Hampton Village on Aug. 20. The cause was cardiopulmonary arrest. Mr. Smith, who also lived in New York City, was 92.

For many years, Mr. Smith worked at Bankers Trust in London and New York. In East Hampton, where his family had first come around the turn of the last century, he was president of the Maidstone Club from 1993 to 1999. He was active in the social life here and with local charities. With a fellow resident, James Tompkins, Mr. Smith helped establish a scholarship fund and tournament for caddies at the club, the Frank Collins Memorial, named after a beloved caddy.

Born on Feb. 27, 1930, in New York City to Richard W. Smith and the former Anna Bailey, he grew up in Glen Cove and attended Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University in 1952 before serving in the Navy as a senior lieutenant until 1954.

In 1956, Mr. Smith graduated from Columbia Law School. That year, he and Mary Louise Ryan were married. They had two sons, who survive him, Richard W. Smith III of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Bruce Bailey Smith of St. Albans, Vt. Mary Louise Smith died in 2002. Lalitte Smith, whom Mr. Smith married in 2005, also survives him.

A private celebration of his life will be held at the Maidstone Club later this month.

Mr. Smith’s family has suggested memorial contributions in his memory to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, at or 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, N.Y. 14850.


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