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R. Theodore Smith, JCC professor Sept. 20, 1936 -- Feb. 23, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for R. Theodore "Ted" Smith of Jamestown, retired Jamestown Community College instructor and administrator and a dedicated environmentalist, will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. James Catholic Church, 33 Allen St.

Burial will be in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.

Mr. Smith, a native of Andover, died Thursday in Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., after suffering a heart attack. He was 69.

He graduated from Andover High School in 1954. He received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1958. He did graduate study at the University of Rochester, Kansas University, Tufts University and the University of North Carolina, where he was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship. He also studied at the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Smith completed course work in environmental health planning at Taft Sanitary Engineering Center in Cincinnati.

He joined the JCC faculty in 1960 as an assistant biology and chemistry professor. He was promoted to full professor in 1970. In 1976, he became the founding dean of JCC's Cattaraugus Campus in Olean, a post he held for three years. He was named acting dean of instruction at the Jamestown Campus in 1980. He returned to teaching in 1982.

Mr. Smith officially retired from JCC in 1995 but continued as a member of the JCC adjunct faculty for the next 10 years, teaching biology, chemistry and student success courses.

He received many awards and recognitions during his teaching career.

Mr. Smith also was active in local politics. He was elected twice to the Board of Supervisors and three times to the Chautauqua County Legislature.

He ran twice for Chautauqua County executive. He served on President Bill Clinton's advance team when Clinton came to Chautauqua Institution to prepare for the presidential debates in 1996.

Mr. Smith received several awards and certificates in recognition of his work in conservation by local and state agencies.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Patricia Conti; two sons, Kevin M. of Jamestown and Jeffrey R. of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Mary Ellen Abu-Eid of Rochester; three brothers, Mike of Andover, Tom of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dan of Jamestown; and three grandchildren.


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