Leslie C. Smith II, 45, an Army Major and lawyer whose final active-duty assignment, in 2004, was chief of claims in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Myer, died April 2,2007, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had acute myelocytic leukemia.
Major Smith, a Silver Spring resident, joined the Army in 1984 and served in the 101st Airborne Division. After graduating in 1989 from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire, he was assigned to the National Security Agency as chief of the legal assistance office.
From 1992 to 1996, he practiced criminal law in the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. He retired from active duty in 1996 after receiving a diagnosis of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, a blood cancer, but returned to active duty in 2001.
His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Leslie Carl Smith II was born in Boston and raised mostly in Washington, where he graduated in 1979 from Woodrow Wilson High School. He was co-captain of the high school's championship soccer teamin his senior year, and he played on the All-Army soccer team in 1985 and 1986.
He was a 1984 geology and government graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington. He received a master's degree in tax law from Georgetown University's law school in 1995. In 2003, he received a master's degree in military law from a JAG graduate program in Charlottesville.
His memberships included St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington. He was a former board member of the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation.
He was a former PTA president for Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring and coached his daughters' soccer teams. His avocations included hiking.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Cecelia Steiner Smith, and two daughters, Sophia Smith and Leslie O. Smith, all of Silver Spring; his parents, the Rev. Leslie Smith and Lois Smith of Princeton, New Jersey; a brother; three sisters; a grandmother, Anna Dougherty of Pinehurst, North Carolina; and a grandfather, Leslie W. Smith of Athol, Massachusetts.
LESLIE CARL SMITH, II (Age 45)
Ret. Major Army JAG
On April 2, 2007 of Silver Spring, Maryland. Loving husband of Cecelia; beloved father of Sophia and Leslie Olivia. Survived by a brother, three sisters, parents, grandfather, grandmother and many relatives and friends. The memorial service will be held at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave N.W., Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for the children's educational fund. Funeral service at Arlington Cemetery later.
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