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Robert M. Smith, ex-City of Tonawanda school superintendent <br> Dec. 28, 1916 -- June 4, 2007

Robert M. Smith, a former superintendent of the City of Tonawanda school district and a World War II veteran, died Monday in Heathwood Health Care Facility, Amherst. He was 90.

Mr. Smith was born in Webster, where he graduated from high school. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Syracuse University.

During World War II, he served as an Army Air Forces pilot, reaching the rank of captain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

In 1949, he became a guidance counselor with the Tonawanda school system. Over the next 30 years, he held several administrative positions, including vice principal and principal of Tonawanda High School, and was assistant superintendent for nine years before becoming superintendent. He retired in 1983, after serving four years as superintendent.

He was a former varsity tennis coach and junior varsity coach at Tonawanda High School.

He had been a City of Tonawanda resident for the past 58 years.

Mr. Smith had been a member of the Rotary Club of the Tonawandas for more than 50 years. He also served as the club's president. He also was a member and past president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tonawandas.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Violet "Schally" Schallenberg; two daughters, Kathleen F. Smith Willet and Sandra Lynn Caldwell; two sons, Gary and Mark D.; and a sister, Gene Neely.

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday in John O. Roth Funeral Home, 25 William St., City of Tonawanda.

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