Obit-Arthur Alexander Smith
Arthur Alexander Smith, who was born in 1916, died Feb. 10, 2002, at Barton Memorial Hospital. He was a 38-year resident of Lake Tahoe, who first built, with his wife Marion and son David, a home of his design in Gardner Mountain in 1957. In 1965 he and his wife purchased the Royal Coachman Motel at Stateline, which they ran until 1971. They were also part owners of the Paradise Motel. In 1997 the Smiths completed building their retirement home, which Mr. Smith designed in the Tahoe Keys.
Having grown up in Gloucester, Mass., Mr. Smith had a lifelong love of the water. In his college years he crewed with the actor Sterling Hayden on the famous racing schooner the “Gertrude L. Thebaud” out of Gloucester Harbor. He had both sail and power boats at Tahoe. He and his wife, along with Dave Deutsch and Pete Carreau, founded the Lake Tahoe Windjammer’s sailing club. He also sailed the boat featured in the Warren Miller documentary film “Sailing Too,” filmed mostly at Lake Tahoe.
Mr. Smith attended Mount Herman prep school in Vermont as well as the U.S. Engineering College and MIT in Boston. He was a mechanical engineer who held several patents. He worked as a civil engineer for the city of San Mateo, Calif., for 15 years before moving to Lake Tahoe. A sailor, skier and water skier at Tahoe, in his earlier years in Massachusetts in addition to boating, he played left end for the town of Gloucester’s semi-pro football team and pitched for the Alston (MA) industrial league baseball team.
He is survived by his wife, Marion L. Smith of Lake Tahoe; son and daughter-in-law, David and Judy Smith of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Laurel and Bill Lyman of New York and Lake Tahoe; grandson, Alexander Smith of New York; granddaughter, Emily Smith, a freshman at the University of California, Davis; sister, Barbara Huff of San Mateo and niece, Virginia Herron of Foster City, Calif.
At Mr. Smith’s request a private family memorial will be held this spring. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice at the Lake, 2092 Lake Tahoe, Blvd., Suite 500, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. The family wishes to extend its profound gratitude to the Hospice of the Lake team, Barton Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit — especially Darcy Wallace — and Dr. Hennings Mehrens for their compassionate care of Mr. Smith.