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Joseph Smith

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Joseph Smith was born in Newport News in 1919.  He studied law at William and Mary.  He was a well-known for his personal injury law practice in the Hampton Rhodes area.  He was a member of a number of civic and professional organizations including the Masons, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Smith was the first Jewish president of the Intrafraternity Council of William and Mary and was the President of the Phi Alpha fraternity.  In addition to his civic and professional interests, Smith was also a well-known philanthropist who was involved with many local causes.  He endowed the Ernest Goodrich Professorship Fund at William and Mary and was a member of the President’s Council of the College of William and Mary.  Smith died in 1994.


Obituary of Joseph Smith, Virginian Pilot, July 19, 1994. 

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Office located at Elmwood Cemetery.

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 1200 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23504

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