Markwick K. Smith, Jr     20 February 2014

Norwich, Vt. Mark (Markwick) K. Smith Jr. died  peace-
fully at his home on Thursday, Feb. 20  surrounded  by
family. Mark spent his last years ignoring the gather-
ing Parkinsonís symptoms  and continued to enjoy exer-
cise, music, humor, the sounds of words in poetry  and
writing, world news, sports  and the natural beauty of
New England.

Mark was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 14, 1928 to  Markwick Kern Smith Sr.,
an engineer for AT&T and  Elizabeth  Morning  Smith, a  dedicated  math
teacher.  Mark established his love of nature in Vermont during his six
years at the Putney School.

Next, at MIT, he earned a BA in Geology and a PhD in Geophysics  inter-
rupted by a tour in the Navy . He joined the Navy repairing naval radar
systems. He met his wife, Martia Chapin Reed (Smith), while working  at
the Putney School summer camp and they were married in Boston in 1951.

In  1954, they  moved  with  their first daughter to Dallas, where Mark
began his career as a research geophysicist  with  Geophysical Services
Inc. This necessitated much interesting travel to oil crews and offices
worldwide. He eventually headed GSI, as president, followed by years as
Vice President of the parent company, Texas Instruments.  In  1967,Mark
was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and later into the
Vermont  Academy of Science and Engineering.  He loved Dallas, his job,
horse-back riding in his little spare time and especially the life-long
friends they made there.

In 1973, he moved with Martia, and their youngest daughter  to  Vermont
where he continued to consult for T.I. and others in Europe for another
ten  years.  In the following years, Mark built a vacation home in East
Corinth and earned  an  MFA  in w riting  from  Vermont  College, which
resulted in a book, Advantages and Other Stories.  Mark enjoyed  travel
with  friends and family, but especially loved coming home to the small
towns and rural areas of  Vermont  where  he  could  ski, play  tennis,
dance, work in the woods and write.

Mark will be missed by his  wife, Martia; his  children:  Karen  Steur,
Rebecca  Sandall  and  husband  Paul,  Mark  Smith  and wife Diane and
Jennifer Bixby and husband Mark.

Mark was also loved by his grandchildren: Sabrina Boston  and  husband
Byron, Tara Burns and husband Matt; Stephanie, Coleman and Dylan Smith;
Emily Sandall, Barry Sandall  and  wife  Bita  Cyrus,  Laura  Sandall;
Tucker, Reed, Evan and Kira Bixby; and great  grand  children  Colton,
Grady, and  Beckett  Burns  and Ashley Boston; brother-in-law, Lansing
Reed and wife Ruth; nieces and nephews, extended  family  and  friends
around the country.

A celebration  of  his  life will be planned for the spring.  A notice
will appear later with specifics. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made in his honor to the Emily Sandall Foundation at  4213  Springland
Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226 and www.emilysandall.org .


From: martiarsmith2001@comcast.net
Subject: Mark
Date: February 21, 2014 at 8:21:31 PM CST

Dear friends,

Sadly,  Mark  passed  away  early  yesterday  morning, Feb. 20th, from
advanced Parkinson's symptoms,heart and respiratory  failure.  He  was
happily visiting with family and friends up  to  the  last  few  days.
Family are here ,which is wonderful, and I am o.k.

We will have an informal celebration of his life in the spring  (which
means  May  here). I  know  the  family would love to hear messages or
anecdotes or whatever memories of Mark you want to send in an  e-mail.
NOT required ,of course. Anyone is welcome, but not expected to make
the trip.

Much love,


Please keep in touch.


Iím forwarding this message from John W. Wilson. He called to  let  me
know of the passing of Mark Smith, who was an officer  for  GSI  years

John wanted to make sure we knew of it.  Iím also copying Jon Campbell
and Terri West, who knew Mark. In retirement, Mark wrote a book, which
is mentioned on the TIAA website.



FYI, Mark Smith was a past president of GSI.

Best regards, Dot Adler