Jason D. Smith, 27, school fundraiser

August 28, 2006

Jason D. Smith, a fundraiser for the John Carroll School in Bel Air who previously worked in development for the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, died of brain cancer Aug. 21 while at his parents' home in Towson. The former Perry Hall resident was 27.

Born in Utah and raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon, Mr. Smith was a graduate of Mount Lebanon High School, where he was honored as the top geography student. He graduated from American University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business and marketing.

After three years in the fundraising field, Mr. Smith became the annual fund coordinator for John Carroll, a Catholic high school in Harford County, in September. About that time, his cancer - which had been in remission since 2000 - reappeared.

Family and friends remembered Mr. Smith as an excellent chef, skier and trivia whiz.

Since age 8, he could be found whipping something up in the kitchen, and he was known for his Greek and German dishes.

He enjoyed winter trips to Utah and Vail, Colo., for skiing, and vacations with the family at their beach house in Ocean City, N.J., every summer.

He regularly flaunted his skills at trivia nights at the Wharf Rat pub in Fells Point. Mr. Smith gleaned his knowledge of trivia by reading the World Book Encyclopedia, according to his father, Douglas G. Smith. "Everybody wanted Jason on their trivia team," he said.

Services were Saturday.

Survivors also include his mother, Janice D. Smith; a brother, Scott C. Smith of Towson; his partner, Matthew Smith of Perry Hall; and his maternal grandmother, Jane D. Donaghy of South Fayette, Pa.

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