September 3, 1919 ~ October 4, 2007
Duncan Robert Smith, 88, passed away on October 4, 2007. He was the loving husband of 57 years to Hilary Cannell Smith both of Hamden, formerly of Waterford. He was born in New London, CT on September 3, 1919 to the late Clyde and Alida Armstrong Smith. Besides his wife, Duncan is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Noelle and Richard Cormier of Canterbury, Jill Smith and Dan Williams of East Lyme, Valerie Smith and Anthony Dickinson of Hamden, and Diana Smith and David Dodd of Chatham, NJ. Also two granddaughters, Tess Cormier of Canterbury and Amanda Cormier of Portland, OR and brother Escott Smith of Waterford. Predeceased by siblings Rubie Thompson, Muriel Hancock, Glory MacDonald, Callie Streeter, and Clyde "Brud" Smith. Duncan grew up in New London, received an Associate's degree in the first class to graduate from New London Junior College (now Mitchell College), and received a B.A., M.A., and a Professional diploma from Columbia University. Duncan achieved Professor Emeritus from Nassau Community College where he counseled students for 14 years. He was the founder and first President of the Association for Macular Disease and a member of South East CT Center for the Blind. Duncan touched many children's lives while General Secretary at various YMCA's. Duncan was a wonderful listener for family, friends and students. He had an incredible sense of humor and was always ready with a joke. If ever someone was in need - family, friends, colleagues, or a stranger, he was always there to help. When he wasn't at home with family, Duncan and his wife were traveling across America or Europe, creating wonderful memories. Family and friends will miss his love, determination, drive, and heart. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2007 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Waterford, CT. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangements. Memorial contributions in Duncan's name for research into juvenile macular disease may be sent to the Association for Macular Disease, Inc., 210 East 64th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10021.