The Rev. Raymond Smith, 69, a former superior of the Dominican Community at St. Dominic's Priory in Washington and a former dean and secretary of studies at the Dominican House of Studies, died of heart ailments June 4 at the Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J.
Father Smith lived in Washington and was visiting family when he was stricken. A native of New York City, he attended Providence College.
He entered the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans, in 1938.
He was assigned to the Dominican House of Studies here, and he was ordained in 1948 at St. Dominic's Church in Washington. He received a doctorate in philosophy in 1953 at the University of St. Thomas in Rome.
Early in the 1950s, Father Smith taught philosophy at the St. Rose Priory in Springfield, Ky., and what is now Spaulding College in Louisville. In 1956, he was assigned to St. Stephen's Priory in Dover, Mass.
In 1970, Father Smith returned to Washington as coordinator of the religious studies department at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate in Washington. In 1971, he was named dean of the faculty at the Dominican House of Studies. In 1978, he was elected superior of the Dominican Community at St. Dominic's Priory.
He held that post until 1984, when he returned to the House of Studies as secretary of studies and professor of philosophy, a position from which he retired last February for reasons of health.
From 1984 to 1988, he also was a national priest assistant for Caritas Christi, a secular institute, and he remained pastor of the Washington area group until his death.
Father Smith was a recipient of the S.T. Mag., the highest degree conferred by the Dominican order.
Survivors include a brother, the Rev. Elwood Ferrer Smith, a Dominican priest at St. Stephen's Priory in Dover, and a sister, Marie Kummer of Lakewood.