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Thomas E. Smail ’52

Thomas E. Smail Jr. ’52, September 5, 2009, in Sacramento, California, from complications related to Parkinson's disease. An Oregon native, Tom attended Reed for two years before transferring to the University of Washington. At Reed, he met Ella Lee Stevens ’52; they married in 1952. Tom earned an LLB from the University of Washington and an LLM from New York University. He began his legal career with a clerkship for the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Later he was a trial attorney for the tax division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and was appointed assistant U.S. Attorney for Northern California in charge of tax litigation. Tom was national co-chairman for the American Bar Association for Incorporations. He also enjoyed golfing. Survivors include Lee, two daughters, five grandchildren, and a brother. A son predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2010

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