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Obituary-- Walter J. Smith

Walter J. Smith

Walter J. Smith '28, president and secretary of the Class of 1928 and president of the MIT Cardinal and Gray society, died Friday night after suffering a heart attack in the West Lounge of Student Center. He was 85 years old.

He collapsed immediately after addressing a group of class presidents at the Alumni Leadership Conference. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died shortly after 8 pm.

Smith, who was born in Boston and lived in Winchester, MA, received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering. He had been an engineer with Arthur D. Little Inc. for 45 years before retirement. According to The Boston Globe, he spent much of his time working in air cleaning and pollution control.

Smith received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Testing Materials, of which he was a fellow, and was an honorary member of the Air Pollution Control Association. He was also a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; two daughters, Roxanne Jope McNamara and Deborah Jope Gasior; a son, Theodore W. Jope; two sisters, Ruth White and Clara Bassett; a brother, John; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service is being held today at The Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, at 2 pm.