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Winston Smith T ’55

Published in Sept. 26, 2007, issue

Winston died of leukemia June 5, 2007, in Opelika, Ala.

He came to us from Clift High School with the late Tom Samford, rooming in Dod with Tom and Mac MacNichol. They were members of Campus Club.

Winston majored in politics, graduated with high honors, and was active in Whig-Clio. After Princeton he served in Germany as a Field Artillery first lieutenant, then returned to Opelika to the building-supply business started by his father and now run by his son, Dozier.

His family, civic, church, and business activities in Opelika and more widely in Alabama included, among others, the school board, Opelika Chamber of Commerce, and the Salvation Army. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a leader of the Alabama Republican Party.

Opelika’s mayor described Winston as an outstanding citizen whose understated manner led to many acts of kindness and generosity that were only known to the recipient. He was certainly a true gentleman, the mayor said.

Winston will be truly missed by his many friends, family, and especially by Vera, his wife of 48 years; their five children; and 13 grandchildren. To all of them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

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