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James A. Smith G

Physics graduate student and Harvard Medical School student James A. Smith G died Jan. 31 from complications after an eight-year struggle with brain cancer.

The cancer, which had been in remission, returned in the summer of 1994. Smith was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January. Unresponsive to chemotherapy, he fell into a coma on Jan. 30, and died the next day.

Smith worked primarily in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and was pursuing a degree in medicine through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He was working to finish medical school in May and his PhD within three years.

His work at MIT dealt with vision, the functions of the retina, and pattern recognition. The James Andrew Smith Memorial Fund has been set up to fund future research in that area.

By all accounts, Smith tried to get the most out of life. He had travelled to many foreign countries including Bali, Indonesia, and China, and enjoyed outdoor activities like camping, hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, and frisbee playing. He was also a supporter of cooperative living.