A memorial service will be held today at Old South Church in Boston for Ronald Lee Smith of Winchester, former president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, who passed away Dec. 3. Smith was dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business from 1977 to 1987, and dean of the University of Nebraska business school before that, before coming to the Lincoln Institute in 1986. As president, he made several key hires, helped create a new organizational structure, and oversaw the move into our current home at 113 Brattle Street in Cambridge.
Kathyrn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of the Lincoln Institute, said Smith helped shape the world-class organization of today. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and his children Evan, Deanna, and Kathy.
Smith succeeded Arlo Woolery, who was what was then called executive director of the Lincoln Institute, founded in 1974. James Brown was president after Smith stepped down in 1996, and Gregory K. Ingram, our current president, has been leading the institution since 2005. More on the story of the Lincoln Institute is available here.