Walter Monroe Smith, 95, of Annapolis, died October 19,
Born on September 18, 1917 in Washington, DC to the
late J. Rosser and Sadie Smith, he attended Washington,
DC schools. Walter graduated from Eastern High School
in 1935, where he was in the Cadets and on the Rifle
Team, and was an award winning marksman. He attended
Georgetown University and graduated from Georgetown
Dental School in 1943.
As a youth, he spent every summer on his grandparents' farm in Orange, VA, helping
take produce from the farm to the mill in town by wagons pulled by mules.
Walter served as Captain in the Army Dental Corps during World War II and was
stationed at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, GA and later at Walter Reed General
Hospital in Washington, DC. Walter married Lt. Connie Mae Rish, an Army nurse, on
October 6, 1945 at Fort Jackson Army Chapel in Columbia, SC. After serving in the
military, he continued practicing dentistry for 43 years in Washington, DC and College
Park until selling his business in 1986. He worked for Drs. Miller and Ressin in
Greenbelt until retiring in 1989. Walter was active in the DC Dental Society and the
Southern Maryland Dental Society, and was a life member of the American Dental
Association and Psi Omega Dental Fraternity.
He and his wife built a home in University Park, where they lived until his retirement
when they moved to Heritage Harbour in Annapolis. He was an active member of
University Baptist Church in College Park, where he was a past Deacon/Trustee.
Walter became a member of the Masons in 1949, holding a life membership and was
part of Naval Lodge #4, joining Annapolis Lodge #89 after moving to Annapolis. He
was also a 60-year member of the Scottish Rite Masons (32°).
Walter's hobby was fishing and he enjoyed nature and being in the outdoors. He was a
long-time member of the Maryland Terrapin Club and had season tickets to the football
games for many years.
Walter was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Allison.
He is survived by his wife Connie Mae Smith; two children, Pamela Joan Allison and
her husband Mike, and Cindy Louise Smith; a granddaughter, Sarah Allison Hall and
her husband Lloyd; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon Michael Allison and Hailey
Friends are invited to Walter's Life Celebration from 10:30 a.m. until a memorial
service begins at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday October 24 at the George P. Kalas Funeral
Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University Baptist Church,
3515 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740.
Online guestbook available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com