Harry J. Smith Jr., 90, Global Businessman

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Harry J. Smith Jr., 90, Global Businessman


Harry J. Smith Jr. , 90, an international businessman who lived in the Washington area for 40 years before moving to Vero Beach, Fla., died Saturday at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Smith was born in Maplewood, N.J. He graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 1941. After graduation he served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II.

He then began a career in international shipping and trade. He returned to Washington to head St. John International from 1953 to 1983. He then was CEO of Neill and Co. In 1982, the secretary of agriculture appointed him to the Agribusiness Promotion Council, Caribbean Basin Initiative. In 1984, he was awarded the Private Sector Initiative Commendation by President Reagan.

Mr. Smith was an adjunct professor in the department of economics at Georgetown from 1958 to 1966. He also served the university as a member of the board of directors and Board of Regents and as president of the Alumni Association.

He endowed Georgetown's Anne Cavanaugh Smith Chair of International Journalism and its Anne Cavanaugh Smith Graduate Career Center, School of Foreign Service, both in honor of his mother. …

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