Reardon Smith              19 October 2009

REARDON SMITH  died  October  19, 2009.  Reardon  was  born 
August 1, 1946 in South Wales, and attended Reading Univer-
sity, 40 miles west of  London, and received a  BSc. Degree 
in Cybernetics and  Instrument Physics.  When he was 21, he 
married the love of his life, Joan Mitchell, from Scotland. 
They celebrated 41 years of  marriage  June 22  this  year.
Both Reardon and Joan wanted to see the world, so in  1969, 
Reardon joined the London office of Geophysical Research International, 
a US oil research company, and together he and Joan traveled the world 
to Canada, Australia, Singapore, and many exotic  places  in  between. 
Along  the  way, sons Paul and Neil were born and happily traveled the 
world with their parents.  Reardon was transferred to Dallas in  1980, 
and  to Houston in 1989.  Reardon and Joan became American citizens in 
1991.  Reardon worked in the energy industry for 32  years, holding  a 
variety  of  technical and worldwide operational management positions. 
He  was  highly  regarded  by  all  for  his  intelligence, integrity, 
wonderful  sense of humor, and strong code of ethics. In recent years, 
Reardon started his  own  company, Business  Vectors, and  shared  his 
wealth  of  knowledge  and  experience  helping companies with product 
development.  He devoted much of his time and energy to S&R  Resources 
as  VP of wireless markets.  Reardon was active in local community and 
professional groups.  He was the past-president of the Houston Chapter 
of  the  Institute  of  Management  Consultants  (IMC); VP  of  Public 
Relations  for  the  Product  Development and Management Associations' 
Houston Chapter (PDMA); and he ran a career transitions  SIG  for  the 
local  chapter  of  the  American  Society for Trainers and Developers 
(ASTD), and an  active  member  of  Houston  Organization  Development 
Network  (HODN).   He  was  also  a  past  president  of  Toastmasters
International, Houston.  Reardon was an exceptional gourmet cook, avid 
gardener, and inquisitive `geo-cacher'. He never stopped being curious 
about the world around him.  Although intellectually  curious, he  was 
also incredibly modest and extremely generous in sharing his knowledge 
as  he encouraged and inspired many others to find success using their 
natural skills and talents.  His was a life  well-lived, but  far  too 
short.  He  is  mourned  by his wife Joan; his two sons Paul and Neil;
2 year-old  grandson  Hugh Fraser; brother  Mike Smith  who  lives  in 
Spain. Reardon will be sadly missed by friends and colleagues all over 
the  world  whose lives he deeply touched.  A memorial service will be 
held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.


Kannan, in case you haven't already heard- this is terribly sad news - 
we just got a call from  Reardon  Smith's  wife. she said that Reardon  
died early this afternoon - not sure of the cause - his son found  him  
on the floor by his computer at about 2 pm today. 

This is right out of the blue- they came and stayed with  us  here  in 
Kerrville  the  previous week-end and there was no sign of any illness 
at all - he was very fit and making plans for a cruise to Alaska  next 
year. He was too young.

Please pass this on those who knew Reardon. I don't know any more info 
at the moment but will pass it on when I do.

Here are the details about the funeral arrangements for Reardon Smith.

Date/Time - Friday, Oct 23rd meeting between 10 and 12 am.
Place     - Memorial Oaks Funeral Home - Stephen F. Austin State Room 
Address   - 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston Tel - 281-497-2210

Joan's address:
13923 Britoak
Houston, Texas, 77079
Tel - 281-870-8223
email jsmith@srresources.com

For those who wish to have a drink for Reardon, the family will be
at the Fox and Hounds pub at  11470 Westheimer (a couple of blocks 
west of Wilcrest) after the 10-12 meetng at the Funeral Home.

Regards, Mike Connor