Donald E. Smith, a retired U.S. Defense Department engineer who worked in the field of rockets and missiles and was also a rose fancier, died May 16 from prostate cancer at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. He was 99.
The son of Earl Smith, a canning company executive, and Naomi Smith, a homemaker, Donald Earl Smith was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown.
He was a 1937 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he enlisted in the Navy and served stateside, maintaining radar and sonar equipment.
After being discharged at the war’s end, Mr. Smith entered the...