JAMES “RAY” SMITH, JR.

Posted On September 22nd, 2013 -

JAMES RAY SMITH, JR. James “Ray” Smith, Jr. passed away peacefully with his beloved wife Dorothy at his side on July 29, 2013. Their only son David helped take care of his father during his eight year struggle with Parkinson’s. Ray was born on March 17, 1930 in Alda, Nebraska and was a veteran of the Korean War. Ray and Dorothy were married on June 3, 1956. They moved to Hawaii in September 1959 when Ray began teaching at the University of Hawaii Lab School. He later moved to the Field Services Dept. of the College of Education at the UH. During his tenure there, Ray spent two years in Saipan, one year in Ponape, and many happy summers in the Marshall Islands in an effort to support their educational system. He retired from the UH in July 1995. Ray was the oldest of six children and is survived by his brother Don of Dallas, Texas, his brother Richard of Minatare, Nebraska, and his sister Dixie of Green River, Wyoming. Ray’s love of teaching and his dedication to lifelong learning will be remembered by the many students and teachers whose lives were touched by this patient and gracious man. His family mourn the loss of a generous, kind, and loving husband, father, and brother. A Memorial Service will be held in December.


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