UNH loses Professor Emeritus Smith

The Charger Bulletin

Professor Emeritus and former administrator Warren J. Smith died this past Monday in Florida. His departure is a great loss to the University community, and he will be remembered for his gregarious nature and boundless creativity.

Warren was devoted to UNH, and was an ever-present face at University events. An esteemed educator at UNH for 35 years until his retirement in 1997, he served  in a number of roles at the University. He was chair of the General Management Department, dean of the School of Business Administration, founder and acting dean of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, founder and chair of the Faculty Senate, and co-author of the University’s first Faculty Constitution. He taught Management Science, Economics and Quantitative Analysis in an always approachable way. He also helped small business owners with finance and strategic planning as a consultant for the Small Business Administration, and was an avid writer, appearing frequently in Florida’s regional newspapers long after he had officially retired.

As one small example of his tenacity and perseverance, he took up running at 54, ran his first marathon at 55, and ran the Boston Marathon in four hours-at 64-in 1989.

He will be buried in Dedham, Mass. Visiting hours will be this Thursday, July 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home at 456 High St. in Dedham. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham. Visit www.gfdoherty.com <http://www.gfdoherty.com/>  for directions to the services and to sign an online guestbook.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Warren’s name to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 5090 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL. Condolences also may be shared with his wife, Jean, or daughters Valerie or Deborah, at [email protected] or by calling 617-926-5120.