William R. Smith July 8, 2009 Born March 17, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts to Raymond and Alice (Killian) Smith. Beloved husband of 68 years of Edith (d'Entremont) Smith. Father of William of Palos Verdes, Kevin and Jean of San Francisco, Gary and Laura Lee of Newport Beach, and Victoria of Culver City. Proud graduate of Boston Public Latin School in 1935. Received a BBA degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in 1950 (rated in the top 10% of graduates). Received an MBA in Accounting from Stanford University in 1958. Bill served as a navigator in the US Air Force for 26 years, retiring in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Proud recipient of the Forbes Gold Medal in 1962, given by the California Society of Certified Public Accountants for the highest scores in the state on the CPA examination. Bill's second career involved teaching accounting at several universities including 26 years at the University of Southern California. Received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1969, from San Diego State University, and the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence from the University of Southern California, School of Accounting in 1994. Bill was beloved by 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Bill leaves a sister Barbara (James) Byrne, of Harvard, Massachusetts, and one brother, Paul (Marylou) of Osterville, Massachusetts. Numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services at St John Fisher Church, 10am, Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Interment private. Please no flowers. Donations in his name can be offered to Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation, 4101 Torrance Blvd, Torrance California 90503. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Gary, and Laura Lee (and your entire family), I am so sorry for your loss. Gary, your father sounded like he was quite a guy, and from the picture you look just like him. Be well and I’ll see you both soon.

  2. Dear Edith, Gary and Vicky: I was saddened to learn of your loss. Bill was one of those special people who brightened the world. He leaves a legacy of laughter and kindness to so many of us who were fortunate to know him at USC. He will be sorely missed. I will remember him with great fondness and smile. Please accept my deepest sympathies…and a warm hug to his beautiful bride, Edith.

  3. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who have lost such a special person.

  4. I first met Bill Smith at USC. He was the finest instructor at the school. I was delighted to learn that he also lived in Palos Verdes, attended St John Fisher and his wife was a good friend of my Mother-in-Law, Dolores DiJulio. It will sorely miss his kind support that followed me thoughout my career. We will all remember him for his love of teaching and his dedication to Palos Verdes, working tirelessly on committees. He is as always in my prayer.

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