James Philip Smith
Smith, James Philip Age 87. Jim died at home on January 10. At his side were his wife, Cheryl P. Dickson, and his son Christopher Smith and daughter-in-law Sandra Smith. He is also survived by three step-children, Tom Dickson (Lisa Myaya); Mary Linehan (Kelly); and Jay Dickson. In addition, he leaves two grandchildren, Hannah Smith and Chase Smith; and two step-grandchildren, Jack Linehan (Laura) and Clara Yribar (Michael); and two step-great-grandchildren, Emma Linehan and Franconia Yribar. He was previously married to the late Charlene L. Smith. Born in 1935 to Ernest and Dorothy Smith in Washington, DC, Jim Smith grew up in Denver, where he attended Lakewood High School. He was co-captain of his high school baseball team and served as president of the Jefferson County student council. He received a full scholarship to the University of Denver, where he played third base for the school's varsity baseball team. After graduation, he taught high school mathematics, and then served in the USAF, where he worked on the first bionics project. He returned to the University of Denver where he received MA degrees in Education and in Philosophy. He also attained an MSc in the Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics and then pursued a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. Jim taught philosophy at Lea College in Albert Lea, MN, until that school closed, and also at Minnesota State University Mankato and Metro State University. He was the associate director for the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and then served as the editor of Roots magazine for the Minnesota Historical Society. Jim also volunteered for 10 years with United Hospital in St. Paul, and for 22 years with the Metropolitan Opera Company's District and Regional Auditions Committee. He was an avid reader, and a fan of baseball and international soccer. A memorial service will be held in the Twin Cities later this year. His family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be given to the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, or Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
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