- - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Stroube J. Smith, a D.C. native whose long journalism career included service as an editor at U.S. News & World Report and a stint at The Washington Times, died on Oct. 30 in Lewisburg, Pa. He was 77.

Mr. Smith was born Aug. 21, 1934. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and earned an English degree in 1956 from the University of Alabama.

He began his career in 1953 at Alabama’s Tuscaloosa News, then moved three years later to the Birmingham News, the state’s largest daily paper. Mr. Smith traveled overseas in 1959 to work in Germany for Stars and Stripes, then to Paris to work for the New York Times.

He returned stateside in 1964 to work for the now-defunct Washington Star, then went on to work for 20 years at U.S. News, for which he was a senior editor and columnist on regulatory and federal court issues.

Mr. Smith worked on the copy desk of The Washington Times from the early 1980s through 2005. He retired from full-time journalism in 1992, marking a nearly 40-year career in the industry.

“He was a newsman’s newsman,” said Frank Perley, senior editor for the opinion pages of The Times. “He was meticulous and determined to get the facts right.”

Mr. Smith was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Washington and the Stars and Stripes and Washington Star alumni associations. He also belonged to the Washington Writers Association.

He is survived by his wife by of 57 years, the former Rubie Jean Aultman.

Mr. Smith also is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Stroube Smith II and Laurie Smith of Hillsborough, N.J., and Russell and Robin Smith of Los Angeles; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Melissa and Jack Covaleski of Lewisburg, Elizabeth and Gordon Harmon of Anniston, Ala., and Cassandra Smith-Vassighi of Silver Spring; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family is planning a memorial service at a later date.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Union County Unit, 57 Reitz Blvd., Suite 102, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837, or St. Joseph Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, S.D. 57325.

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