Jeffry Smith ’79
A member of the clergy in the Episcopal Church whose ministry eventually took him to England, Jeffry Smith passed away last November after a fight against renal cancer. He was 66.
Born in Inglewood, Calif., the son of schoolteachers, Smith attended Claremont High School before attending Pitzer College and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Smith was ordained as an Episcopal deacon in 1986 and as a priest in 1987 whose ministry began at St. Paul’s in Visalia and would take him and his family to several church postings in England, Bermuda, and Scotland.
His daughter Melissa wrote in a tribute in The Guardian that Smith “looked beyond the parish; meeting and connecting with people from different backgrounds and traveling the world. He visited and served at St. Mary the Virgin, Belgrade, Serbia. Invited by a friend from Malawi, he traveled there for a month of teaching and preaching. He raised funds to build a school in Kenya. He often walked long distance routes, including the Pilgrim’s Way from Winchester to Canterbury, the Camino from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Campostela, Spain, and the route to the Black Madonna icon of Częstochowa, Poland.”
Smith is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Laura and Melissa; and grandchildren Thomas, Naomi, Anna-Maria, Lydia and Ezra.