Albert Van D. Smith Retired VA attorney

January 27, 1992

Services for Albert Van D. Smith, a retired Veterans Administration attorney, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Smith, who was 92, died Thursday of lung cancer at the Edenwald Retirement Community.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Smith attended Polytechnic Institute. After two years at the U.S. Naval Academy, he transferred to Johns Hopkins University where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

In 1925, the year after he received a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School, he began a three-year stay in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Baltimore. He later practiced law in the Baltimore firm of Smith, Cross and Simpson.

During World War II, Mr. Smith served for three years in the Navy as a personnel officer in Norfolk, Va., a teacher of seamanship in the Navy ROTC program at the University of Tucson, Ariz., and a legal officer in the 6th Naval District of the Judge Advocate's Office in the Pentagon. He left the Navy with the rank of captain.

After the war, he worked for 17 years and retired as an attorney consultant in the Loan Guaranty Service of the General Counsel's Office for the Veterans Administration in Washington.

Mr. Smith was married for 48 years to the former Elizabeth Harryman of Baltimore, who died in 1974. He subsequently married the former Valonta Watkins Turner, and the couple lived in Bethesda until moving in 1985 to the Edenwald Life Care Retirement Center in Towson.

Mr. Smith also is survived by five nieces, Margaret Smith Schmeiser of Baltimore, Sarah Smith Hackett of Port Washington, N.Y., Elizabeth Clayton Gardner of Wethersfield, Conn., Frances Smith Dean of Tucson, Ariz., and Leila Smith Heytze, of St. Cloud, Ariz.

The family suggested donations to the Calvary Baptist Church of Towson, 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson 21204, or the Edenwald Residents' Assistance Fund, 800 Southerly Road, Towson 21204.

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