The Poly Editorial Board was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Dean of Students Mark Smith. Dean Smith served the Rensselaer community for 30 years in a number of roles, where he always ensured that students were his highest priority in every situation. We are grateful to Dean Smith for his contributions to RPI and, in particular, the students of RPI.
Dean Smith served as an assistant dean of students for nine years, the director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs for five years, and the dean of students for over 16 years. In each role, he relentlessly advocated for students. As the dean of students, Mark Smith reached out to many students and families in their time of need, and often helped students struggling with the transition to college life. Smith had a commanding personality, and he used his outwardness to serve as a focal point for students and administrators to meet. His dedication to the Institute and its students was inspiring, and his presence on campus will be sincerely missed.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Dean Smith’s family. His visitation will be held at the Rensselaer Chapel and Cultural Center at 10 am this Wednesday, with the funeral to follow at 1 pm.