Angelina J. Smith
Foreign Service Wife
Angelina "Lennie" J. Smith, 77, who lived in the Far East for several years as the wife of a Foreign Service officer, died of lung cancer Aug. 29 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was a Bethesda resident.
Mrs. Smith was born in Aberdeen, Wash., and worked as a salesperson in a Portland, Ore., boutique after graduating from high school. While her husband worked as deputy director of Voice of America and as director of the U.S. Information Agency in charge of the Far East, she lived in Kwangju and Seoul, South Korea; Rangoon, Burma, and Singapore.
A traditional Foreign Service wife, she was active in the communities in which she lived, as a hostess at work-related social events and, often, as a volunteer English tutor. "Uncle Sam got two for the price of one," her husband said.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Morton Smith of Bethesda; four children, Ruth Smith of Watertown, Mass., Daniel Smith of Ashburn, Gregory Smith of Bethesda and Benjamin Smith of Austin; three sisters; and five grandchildren.
Harry Jack Reckitt
Coast Guard Captain
Harry Jack Reckitt, 69, a retired Coast Guard captain and a program manager at Lockeed Martin, died of cancer Aug. 28 at Halquist Memorial Hospice Center in Arlington. He was a 22-year resident of Arlington.
Mr. Reckitt was born in West Chester, Pa., and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1957. He graduated in 1969 from the Armed Forces Staff College and received a master's degree in operations research from George Washington University in 1974.
During his 30-year Coast Guard career, he served aboard the Coast Guard cutters Rockaway, Active, Kimball and Midget. He also was deputy chief of readiness at Coast Guard headquarters before retiring in 1987.
He then joined Analytical Systems Engineering Corp. as a program manager. The company was later acquired by Lockheed Martin.
He served on the board of directors of his condominium and was an active Coast Guard Academy alumnus and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed running, history, learning about advancements in technology and travel.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Delphine Roberts Reckitt of Arlington; three children, Lisa R. Zaidan of Burke, Joy R. Woodman of Alexandria and Stephen C. Reckitt of Arlington; and four grandchildren.