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Fieldhome Celebrates Board Member's 50 Years of Service

Ian D. Smith
Ian D. Smith Photo Credit: Contributed

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- He hit two holes in one 30 years ago. It's a fun fact about a retired banker who was celebrated for his public service life, which includes 50 years serving boards at Fieldhome, Holy Comforter and Catharine Fieldhome (The Seabury).

Ian D. Smith was honored recently at an event in New Rochelle with proclamations from elected officials, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Legislator Michael B. Kaplowitz, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, and Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace.

Kaplowitz declared the day, Oct. 28, "Ian D. Smith Day" in his honor.

Smith joined the Board of the House of the Holy Comforter in the Bronx in 1966.

In 1981 he became the vice-president and treasurer of the board of Fieldhome-Holy Comforter.

He is credited for his role in the Holy Comforter/Field Home merger, completed in 1984 and for chairing the Building Committee for the current faculty, which opened in 1986.

In 1996 Smith was elected to his present post as president of the Catharine Field Home Board and led the development and construction of The Seabury, which opened in 2003.

Smith worked at Dollar Savings Bank of New York from 1951 until he retired, as its president, in 1983.

He later consulted for other major New York City banks for a number of years.

Smith was born in Nova Scotia and moved to the United States as a young boy.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 and then went on to graduate from New York University.

He and his wife, Patricia, raised their four children in Yonkers.

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