David Smith

David Smith was born in New York City on December 31st, 1944 and died at home in New Paltz, NY on March 3, 2021.

David attended Edgemont High School where he played varsity football, basketball and baseball and taught himself to downhill ski on a pair of used ski-jumping skis. He received a BA from NYU and a Masters in Philosophy from the New School of Social Research.

He was employed as a psychologist for the New York State Office of Mental Health and counseled inmates at Shawangunk, Wallkill and Fishkill Correctional facilities. He served on the Board of Mohonk Consultations and organized its Seeking New Directions in Crime Prevention Conference.

After retiring, he played tennis, hiked in the woods, listened to The Band, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, MJQ, John Hyatt; rode his motorcycle; read William Finnegan, John Le Carré and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and he and his wife traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. He was halfway through The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White.

David is survived by his wife Kitty Brown of New Paltz, his son Morgan T. Smith and three granddaughters Georgia, Lola and Sofie of Toronto, Canada; stepson Jamie Vermilye of Highland, NY; stepdaughter Lydia Weiss, her husband James Weiss, and grandchildren Rex and Eliza Weiss of Washington, DC.

David is at rest in the woods of the Rosendale Green Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, and in loving memory of David’s inseparable companion Stormy, the family requests that donations be made to the Walden Humane Society.

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