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College Mourns Loss of Longtime Trustee

J. Stephen Smith Was Local Businessman

January 23, 2014

Steve Smith is pictured at a Board of Trustees meeting in 2010.

Steve Smith is pictured at a Board of Trustees meeting in 2010.

The campus was saddened to learn today of the death of longtime Board of Trustees member J. Stephen “Steve” Smith.

Smith served as a College trustee from 1994 to 1998 and from 2004 through 2013.

President Jim Reynolds praised his service to Wilmington College.

“Steve was a member of our Board for many years and was a person of integrity who cared very much about the forward movement and success of the College,” Reynolds said. “He provided good counsel to me and others at times when we needed a person who could help us sort out the issues and think expansively about the future.”

Smith, 72, died late Monday evening (Jan. 20) at Hospice of Cincinnati after a lengthy illness. A memorial mass is planned for Saturday, at 2 p.m., at the Bellarmine Chapel on the campus of Xavier University with visitation preceding the mass at 1:00 p.m. See obituary.