LACONIA — Frederick Smith Jr. passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 10, at the age of 91, at Taylor Community in Laconia, NH. He is survived by his wife, Jane Bennett Willingham Smith of Laconia, NH; daughters, Allison Hill Smith of Ithaca, NY, and Tory Tashian of Novato, CA; and his son, Adam Smith of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by Jane’s daughters, Sara and Pam, sons, Fred, Mark, and the late Christopher Willingham; granddaughters, Leah and Ellery, and grandson, Mackintosh.
Fred was born in New Hampton, NH, to the late Frederick and Grace (Vohr) Smith on June 28, 1929, and was the youngest of three children (Jinga and Robinson). His father was the Headmaster of The New Hampton School and his mother taught at the school. He attended kindergarten in Bristol, NH, grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in New Hampton, and went on to study at The New Hampton School where he excelled in academics, earning the school’s highest award, The Meservey Medal. He also was an outstanding athlete, playing baseball, soccer, hockey, and golf.
Fred entered Dartmouth College in June of 1945, shortly before his 16th birthday. He went on from Dartmouth to Cornell Law School, graduating in 1952, and then joined the law firm of Upton, Sanders, and Upton in Concord, New Hampshire. After a year with the firm, Fred was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Platte in the Pacific from 1953 to 1957. The USS Platte provided logistics support for the US 7th Fleet Operations out of San Diego Harbor, heading to Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands, Formosa, Hong Kong, and Sasebo.
Following military service, Fred moved to Washington, DC, to pursue a career in government service. He joined the State Department as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Inter-American Affairs. In this role, Fred drafted and negotiated international boundary treaties, drafted legislation, and testified on treaties and legislation, as well as holding responsibility for international extradition matters. During this time, he met Sharon Higbie from Kalamazoo, MI, and they were married at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Fred and Sharon’s family grew with the birth of their three daughters, including the late Meredith Chase Smith, and a son.
Promoted to Assistant Legal Advisor for Security and Consular Affairs, Fred was then awarded a fellowship to study at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, earning a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Fred then served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Security and Consular Affairs, was selected to head the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Rights and Duties of States in Vienna, Austria, and in 1976 was selected as the Consul General for Consular Affairs at the American Embassy in Mexico. Following assignments as a Foreign Service Inspector and Director of the Foreign Service Grievance Staff back in Washington, DC, Fred was selected as the Consul General for Consular Affairs in Toronto Canada. After Canada, Fred held positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs retiring from the Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor after 31 years of government service. He went on to serve on the Board of Appellate Review, as a Consultant to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and a Senior Reviewer and Legal Advisor.
Jane Bennett Willingham and Fred Smith were married on July 10, 1999, in the New Hampton Community Church. While they had known each other since childhood, it was not until the late ‘90s that they blended their families. Rekindling a cherished friendship from early summer days when Jane Bennet spent summers in New Hampton with her parents, they reconnected when Fred purchased a second 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home in New Hampton, and started spending more time back in the bucolic “small gore of land.” They shared many friendships and interests related to their 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home town as well as golf, literature, the outdoors, travel, music (Pemigewasset Choral Society), and many other activities.
An interment for Fred took place on Friday, November 13, at the New Hampton Village Cemetery. The family is planning a small gathering late in 2021 as state and CDC guidelines permit. In lieu of flowers, Fred asked for those so inclined to consider a donation to The New Hampton School at https://www.newhampton.org/giving/make-a-gift, an institution that meant so much to him over his life, or to a charitable institution of their choice. Arrangements by Emmons Funeral 永续合约交易所_永续合约怎么home of Bristol, NH.