NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Leonard was born December 2, 1925, the son of the late Leonard Bacon Smith and Simone Alibert Smith of New York City. He died peacefully on January 3, 2018, in North Andover, Mass.
He went to St. Bernard's school in New York and then to Hotchkiss. After one wartime year in the American Field Service in Burma, he graduated from Yale University, Class of 1948. He then joined the Squadron A, a division of the National Guard in New York.
He went to the University of Illinois for his B.S.E.E. and then to N.Y.U. for an M.E.E. His engineering career included time with the Norden division of United Technologies and 12 years with the MITRE Corporation from which he retired in 1990. Len was self-effacing and it was not until 2005 that his family learned that he had done sophisticated classified work for the Military, such as developing autopilots and radar systems.
Len and his wife, Eugenie, moved to Edgewood in North Andover, Mass., in 2001. He then was an accomplished artist, working mainly in watercolor. He pursued this interest at Edgewood, along with being a member of the chorus and playing bridge. He wrote the Edgewood Poem, later put to music.
Len was predeceased by his cherished wife, Eugenie Tetreault Smith. He is survived by a sister, Simone S. Stephens of Westport, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Emilie B. Smith of Edgewood; nephews, Winthrop D. and Leonard B. Smith, James C., Clay G. and Paul A. Stephens; and nieces, Yvonne V. Chabrier and Alexandra S. Henderson.
Len's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Meadows, Edgewood, and to the Hospice staff for their professionalism, outstanding care and unwavering compassion in his final days.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Len's name to Merrimack Valley Hospice HomeCare Inc. (http://www.homehealthfoundation.org).
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Published on January 8, 2018