Obituary of Leonard Alan Smith, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus Leonard Alan Smith, beloved brother, uncle, cousin and dear friend, passed away at his home on June 30, 2021 at the age of 81 after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He went peacefully and was surrounded by many loved ones. Len earned his Bachelors from the University of Dayton, Masters in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and Ph.D. in Wood Products Engineering from SUNY College of Forestry (now Environmental Science and Forestry). Until his retirement in 2006, he was a tenured Associate Professor as well as Chairman of Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering from 1985 to 1994. He was advisor to many grad students who went on to become his associates and close friends. Len graced Holy Cross Church in Dewitt with many years of faithful service, including the Faith in Action Ministry and the Men’s Book Club. Generosity and sincere kindness were the core attributes by which Len lived his life, selflessly offering his time and resources to anyone ever in need of them. Without exception, there is not a family member or friend who hasn’t been helped by him at one time or another. He made it a point to always stay in contact with even the most remote of his friends and family and in doing so, was the unwavering bond holding everyone together. Len’s students lined up outside of his office door to say goodbye and to thank him for his support and mentorship at graduation time. They are now located throughout the world. His lifelong commitment to education continues with the donation of his body to Upstate Medical University to further science. He is survived by his sisters, Kathryn Elicker and Marie Lellis; as well as his many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial, followed by a celebration of Len’s life will be held at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, DeWitt on Saturday, July 17 at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Len's name to either Covenant House (https://www.covenanthouse.org) or SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (https://www.esf.edu/donate/). Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.