Samuel Kreis Smith
Published 1:45 pm, Thursday, March 3, 2011
Samuel Kreis Smith, an 11 year resident of Stamford and a former resident of Darien from 1959 to 1999, died Tuesday, March 1 at Edgehill in Stamford. He was 95.
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1940. He joined General Motors Acceptance Corp. in August 1940 and, after being granted a military leave, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was discharged with the rank of Major. He returned to GMAC in May of 1946 and continued his career that lasted more than 40 years.
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His talent and executive ability was recognized by GMAC when he was elected vice president in charge of overseas operations Jan. 1, 1964. He continued his climb up the ranks at GMAC and was elevated to chairman May 6, 1980, serving as the third chairman in the company's 61-year history. He also served on many other different boards throughout his career. He was a former member of the Country Club of Darien.
He is survived by six children,Walter K Smith of Old Saybrook; Charles D. Smith of Yorktown, Va.; Roger B. Smith of Sandy Hook; Sandra A. Metz of Towson, M.D.; Virginia S. Moynahan of Faifax, Va. and Donna J. King of Glen Arm, M.D.; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Glen L. Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and one sister, Dora Lyn Kryder of Knoxville, Tenn.
He was predeceased by his dedicated wife of more than 50 years Virginia Marjorie "Jean" Smith and eight brothers and sisters.
The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien Friday, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. A service will take place at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Ryan August King Pediatric Oncology Memorial Endowment, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Development Office, One Charles Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21204.