W. Conwell Smith Jr., 75, executive, outdoorsman

July 24, 2005

W. Conwell "Connie" Smith Jr., a retired chemical business executive and outdoorsman, died of cancer July 16 at his home in Union, Ky. The former Woodbrook resident was 75.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Wickford Road, he was a 1948 graduate of Gilman School and was given the Unsung Hero Award as a member of its varsity football team. He also played on the school's 1947 and 1948 championship lacrosse teams.

After earning his undergraduate degree in English at Princeton University, he served in the Marines, attaining the rank of captain.

Beginning in 1957, he sold printing services to medical magazines in the Washington area for Baltimore's Waverly Press. A decade later, he became a vice president at Carey Machinery and oversaw installation of a computer system at its Brehms Lane plant. He then joined Atlas Chemicals, later ICI Americas in Wilmington, Del., as a senior systems analyst and organization planning officer.

Family members said Mr. Smith enjoyed outdoor activities and hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail.

In 1992, he built a home and moved to Peyton, Colo., to enjoy the outdoor life in the Rockies. He later relocated to Kentucky. While living outside Maryland, he often returned to sail on the Chesapeake Bay and spend time with family and friends.

At Mr. Smith's request, there is no funeral service.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, the former Donna Stater; a son, Mark Conwell Smith of Williston, Vt.; three daughters, Georgia Donovan Smith and Deirdre MacDonald Smith, both of Baltimore, and Margaret Carey Smith of Guilford, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Gail Farquhar of Cincinnati; two sisters, Patricia C. Haines of Wilmington, N.C., and Helen S. "Penny" Schwab of Parkville; and nine grandchildren. His marriage of 13 years to Mary Louise Carey ended in divorce.

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