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Kent M. Smith ’69

Published in Apr. 4, 2001, issue

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Kent M. Smith in Edina, Minn., on Apr. 20, 2000, following a massive heart attack.

After graduation Kent followed his strong musical interest with MA degrees in conducting and musicology from the U. of Wisconsin followed by a PhD in musicology from Cornell. He became music director of the Edina Morningside Church and held that position until his death.

Combining his musical and business skills, he joined A. L. Williams Insurance Co. in the early 1980s and became a regional vice president of Primerica Financial Services, which absorbed A. L. Williams.

A lifelong passion was fishing. Salt-water angling on Long Island during his young years was followed by fresh-water activity in Minnesota and Canada. He was always ready to try his luck and a new lure in any setting.

Although Kent did not take an active role in alumni activities, he maintained his interest in Princeton throughout his life. Kent is survived by his wife, Diane, his son, Daniel, his daughter, Bonnie, his sister, Kathleen, and his father, Maynard '41. We extend our sincere sympathy to his family and his many friends.

The Class of 1969

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