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Stevan Butler Smith ’35

Published in Apr. 22, 1998, issue

Steve died Dec. 14, 1997, in his Banner, Wyo., home, from the complications of Alzheimer's disease. Since retiring from business in 1978, Steve and his wife, Margaret, had divided their time between their ranch in Wyoming and home in Iowa.

Steve was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and came to Princeton from Lawrenceville. His father also was a Princeton graduate (Class of 1890). Although he was a westerner, Steve's fondness for Princeton never wavered, and he attended most major reunions. He majored in modern languages, belonged to Cannon Club, and roomed with Hutch Cone and Will Harrington.

In 1940 Steve joined the National Guard and served until 1945 on active duty with the First Cavalry in the Aleutians. In 1942 he married Margaret Crane in Sheridan, Wyo., and the couple had three sons, Creighton (1946), Philip (1950), and David (1956).

Steve's business career was spent entirely with the Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. in Cedar Rapids. His civic activities included fundraising, the theater, and promotion of the local symphony. In 1978 Steve noted, with respect to his move to Wyoming, "We really think this is a good life." The class sends deepest sympathy to Margaret, their sons, and their grandchildren.

The Class of 1935

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