George A. Smith, 89, owned ad firm

June 10, 2006

George August Smith, a retired advertising business owner and World War II veteran, died of congestive heart failure June 1 at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Cecil Avenue, he was a 1935 graduate of Loyola High School, where he played shortstop as captain of the baseball team.

After earning a philosophy degree at Loyola College, he enlisted in the Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He served in the Atlantic and Pacific, and participated in actions that included Guadalcanal and Okinawa.

Family members said he was a gunnery officer aboard the battleship USS South Dakota and later was officer of the deck on the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. In this capacity, he recorded in the ship's log that a Japanese airplane launched a torpedo into the ship in 1943. Though damaged, the Lexington survived the incident.

After the war, he enrolled at the Maryland Institute under the GI Bill of Rights and studied commercial art.

He worked in the advertising department of The Sun until 1957, when he founded the George A. Smith Co., located on Calvert Street in Charles Village for many years.

Mr. Smith enjoyed painting in watercolors, oils and pastels, and listening to classical music and jazz.

As an avid golfer who occasionally shot in the 90s well after he turned age 80, he preferred to carry his own bag and walk the course. He was a fan of the Orioles and Colts, and was a member in his youth of the Knothole Gang -- a group of boys who watched the International League Orioles through the fence at old Oriole Park on 29th Street.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Fort Myer in Arlington, Va.

Survivors include three nephews, Michael A. Smith of Ellicott City, Mark T. Smith of Rockville and Matthew George Smith of Washington; a niece, Susan Benson of Santa Teresa, N.M.; and a grandniece.

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