David L. Smith Sr., 98, USDA manager


David L. Smith Sr., a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture manager, died Monday of a stroke in Chatham, N.J., while visiting one of his daughters. The Parkville resident was 98.

Born in Valois, N.Y., he attended high school in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and earned a degree in agriculture economics from Pennsylvania State University. A veteran of World War II, he retired from the Army Reserves as a major.

Mr. Smith worked for more than 30 years on the East Coast and in Baltimore as a market news inspector, reporting wholesale fruit and vegetable prices for the Department of Agriculture. He retired in the mid-1970s as assistant to the chief of market news in Washington. He also worked part time as a men's clothing salesman at Hutzler's department store in Towson.

Active in his community, Mr. Smith was a volunteer at Homewood Hospital for 20 years and a board member. He also was secretary-treasurer of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association.

He married Margaret Scanlon in 1933 and the couple lived in the Towson area. She died in 1997.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, where Mr. Smith lived.

He is survived by a son, David L. Smith Jr. of Ocean Pines; three daughters, Margaret S. Gilmore of Ocean Pines, Elizabeth S. Carroll of Chatham, N.J., and Marcella Jane Jennings of Centreville, Va.; a sister, Virginia Knapp of Horseheads, N.Y.; a brother, Donald Smith of Valois, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A son, the Rev. Peter V. Smith, died in 1978.

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