Colonel Dean Smith is well-known to many in the broader ANC community, as a graduate himself, a father and grandfather of a number of graduates (including a granddaughter graduating this year), a member of the ANC Corporation and Board of Trustees over a number of years, and a pillar of the Washington New Church Society.
The Colonel took time from a distinguished career in the United States Air Force to serve the Academy in a wide array of capacities. In a statement from the Chancellor of the Academy, Bishop Brian Keith quoted from an ANC commencement speech Mr. Smith offered in 1975:
"To many of you in this room, this is the most exciting moment in your lives, and it should be. Seldom do we have the real opportunity to know how much we need each other than when we are about to part. With that state there is sorrow, and yet there is joy. For that is really what the Lord gives all of us-the ability to share the joys of His revelation."
Our thoughts go out to his extensive family, his friends and the community he loved, and especially his gracious wife Cathy, with whom he is pictured above.