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Wilson Ring Smith ’42

Wilson Ring Smith ’42, January 20, 2010, in St. Augustine, Florida. Wilson earned his BA from Reed in physics and was a civilian engineer assisting military operations in England during World War II. He earned an MS in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1950, and was a manager for the laboratory test plans and evaluation division at Avco Missile Systems. He was also an amateur radio operator and photographer. Wilson moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 1991, and trained students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in code for amateur radio licenses. Retirement brought more opportunities for him to enjoy sailing, bicycling, hiking, and travel. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Amanda, four daughters, a son, and grandchildren. One son predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2010

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