Albert Van D. Smith, a retired Veterans Administration attorney, died Thursday of lung cancer at the Edenwald Retirement Community. He was 92.
Services for Mr. Smith were being held today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
A Baltimore native, Mr. Smith attended Polytechnic Institute. After two years at the 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 stint with 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.
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.