Charles Truitt Smith, 69, computer company official

August 16, 2005

Charles Truitt Smith, a retired computer company executive and avid collector of lead soldiers and vintage electric trains, died of a brain tumor Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Lutherville resident was 69.

Mr. Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was a 1954 graduate of the Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1958 from the Johns Hopkins University.

He began his business career in 1958 as a salesman for National Cash Register and in 1962 took a similar position with International Business Machines. He became vice president of business services for the old Equitable Trust Co. in 1970.

At his retirement in 2002, Mr. Smith was in charge of client base services for Go members.com, a computer company.

A history buff, Mr. Smith was a lifelong collector of lead soldiers and other historic figures, including England's King Henry VIII and his six wives, family members said.

Mr. Smith enjoyed setting up an annual Christmas garden in the basement of his Seminary Ridge home in Lutherville, featuring antique Lionel electric trains - including a locomotive that dates to the 1920s.

The former longtime Guilford resident was a member of the L'Hirondelle Club, the Johns Hopkins Club, Sons of the American Revolution and the St. George's Society. He was a former member of the Maryland Club.

He enjoyed travel, tennis and spending summers at Hutchinson Island, Fla.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Sallilynch Currin, a Bryn Mawr School teacher; two daughters, Suzanne S. Pugh of Lutherville and Kathilynch S. Martin of Cockeysville; a brother, Frank R. Smith of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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