ROCKY MOUNT - Richard Thomas Smith Jr., (Chip Smith), age 75, passed away Friday March 2, 2018, surrounded by family at Duke University Hospital.
Born in Harrisburg, PA on August 13, 1942, he was the son of the late Dr.
Richard T. Smith Sr. and Dorothy Long Smith.
Chip grew up in Narberth, PA, and he attended Lower Merion High School
in Ardmore, PA. He graduated with a B.S. from Wesleyan University in
Middletown, Conn., Class of 1964. He took a year off to provide volunteer
activities in Laos with the International Voluntary Services before entering
University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He left medical school without
completion in protest of a profit-oriented health care system. He was also
involved in the Student Movement against the Vietnam War, which laid the basis
for his later activism. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. in Economics at Temple
Chip lived and worked in Philadelphia, PA, for many years, first as a lab technician at the defunct Philadelphia General Hospital, and later as a turret lathe operator at Philadelphia Gear, where he served as a shop steward for the International Association of Machinists Union. He also taught economics for a short period. Chip was a founding member of the Freedom Road Socialist organization, and also co-founded the Philadelphia Public School Notebook newspaper, prior to moving with his wife to Fayetteville, NC in 2000 when she relocated her medical practice there.
In Fayetteville, Chip worked with the Quaker House and joined with others
to protest the US intervention in Iraq, as well as working with folks for a
moratorium on the death penalty. After moving to Rocky Mount in 2008, he
helped put together the Racial Justice Group here, and was also a member of
the Rocky Mount Sierra Club, PFLAG and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Chip considered himself a Buddhist and practiced meditation, Tai Chi, and an
avid bridge player. He also held a third-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.
Chip considered his greatest achievement to be authoring The Cost of
Privilege; Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism, first published
in 2007. He had just finished a new preface to the second edition in 2017.
He left behind a partner of 42 years, Dr. Kim Eng Koo, a retired
neurosurgeon, and two sons, Nathan J. Smith and Nicholas J. Smith. Nathan
resides with his fiancé, Hallie F. Goodman, in Melbourne, Australia. Nicholas
and his wife, Nichole Rice Smith, live in Port Matilda, PA, along with Chip’s four
grandchildren: Alexander T. Smith, Dominic C. Smith, Isabel L. Smith and Logan
A Memorial Service is planned for this Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at H.D.Pope Funeral Home, 325 Nash Street, Rocky Mount, from 4-6 pm. All friends are invited to say a few words on how Chip has touched their lives at the memorial.
Tribute can be paid to him by contributions to a Chip Smith Racial Justice
Memorial Fund with the Rocky Mount Branch of Southern Bank. Further
information can be obtained at http://www.hdpopefuneralhome.com.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 325 Nash Street in Rocky Mount, NC.
**In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Southern Bank in c/o of Chip's Racial Justice Memorial Fund.
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Celebration of Life
H.D. Pope Funeral Home Rocky Mount
Saturday March 10th, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
325 Nash Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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I knew Chip during a brief period of time as fellow members of the Medoc Group of the N.C. Sierra Club. His quiet leadership made a great impact on our group. I am thankful for the chance to meet him and know him and I want to wish his family members and close friends peace and comfort during this difficult time. It is clear that Chip cared deeply for others, and I know he will be missed.
Submitted by David Duncan on Mar 14 2018 10:04:18 PM
My prayers and deepest sympathy is with you. May your strength uphold you and your family.
Rosa A. Brodie
Submitted by Rosa A. Brodie on Mar 10 2018 06:28:21 PM
Chip was a leader in both word and action. He gave me mental and material nourishment to continue the struggle for social justice. I will never forget the dinners that Chip and Kim hosted for comrades.
Submitted by Mark Schulz on Mar 10 2018 12:02:34 PM
A great friend and man who touched so many and who will never be forgotten
Submitted by Andrew Bryant Jr on Mar 10 2018 09:25:32 AM
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY
Submitted by Gwendolyn(Wendy)Swain on Mar 8 2018 09:30:34 AM
Your loved one will always be with you, in your heart, in your soul, in every corner of every smile that comes with the memories of all those precious times you shared together Because love never dies, but lives on in those who remember. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Submitted by James, Carmen, Kevin, Colin on Mar 8 2018 09:14:47 AM
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May Jesus words at John 5:28,29 bring you comfort. There he promises our loved ones will be resurrected! May this thought give you hope.
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