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Alvin C. Smith, 80, co-founder and retired vice president of Bird-air, died Monday (Feb. 5, 2001) in Eustis, Fla.

Born in Warsaw, he graduated from Warsaw High School and Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.

Before helping to start what was originally Birdair Structures -- a well-known manufacturer of air-supported dome roofs for stadiums and arenas -- he was an engineer with Curtiss-Wright Corp. and Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and a real estate broker.

Smith had lived in Leesburg, Fla., since 1981. He was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass.

His wife, Irene, died in 1998.

Surviving are a son, Brent A. of West Seneca; a sister, Audrey Gatgen of Frewsburg; and two grandchildren.

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