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Albert “Mac” Smith

Albert "Mac" Smith, age 89, of Huron, and formerly of Lake Forest, Illinois, died Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home. His funeral service was at 10:30AM Monday, January 8th, at the Riverview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Iva Laudermith officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 14th, at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church at Lake Forest, Illinois with the Rev. Kent Kinney officiating.

Albert McFarland Smith was born on May 31, 1917, at Taiku, Korea to Dr. Roy Kenneth Smith and Laura Wilma (McLane) Smith. He grew up in Korea where his parents were medical missionaries. Albert received his education there, graduating from Pyengyang Foreign School in June of 1935. He graduated from Lake Forest College of Lake Forest, Illinois in 1939, with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. He worked for Bell & Howell, North American Aviation and Recon Optical in Optical Engineering, retiring in 1987.

Albert married Virginia Beryl Postal on September 26, 1942, at the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois. Following their marriage, they first lived in Chicago, Illinois and then moved to Lake Forest. During the 1950's they lived four years at Downey, California before returning to Lake Forest. Albert moved to Huron in October 2006

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, the church that sponsored his parents as missionaries in Korea. Albert was a member of the Optical Society of Chicago, the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron. Sail boating was Albert's love. He taught sail boating classes for the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron, and some of his students have successfully sailed around the world. The Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron created an annual educational award in Albert's honor, commemorating the many years of service he had diligently given to the Educational Department of the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron. This award is now given annually to the person deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Educational Department, either during the past year or over several years.

Albert returned to Korea two times. His first trip was with a group from the Lake Forest First Presbyterian Church in recognition of the centennial of the Presbyterian mission to Korea. Albert's parents were honored there for devoting their lives to the Christian cause in Korea. His second trip was a humanitarian missionary trip to North Korea which involved setting up greenhouses and sharing food. This trip originated through Albert's connections with Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, who was a classmate of his in Korea.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Virginia on April 26, 2001; one daughter, Sylvia Foster; and three brothers, Kenneth, Rodger, and Robert.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son and daughter-in-law, Graham and Colleen Smith, of Huron; one son-in-law, Cecil "Steve" Foster, of Richmond, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Phillip and his wife, Mendy Foster, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Thomas and his wife, Alicia Foster, of Middletown, Indiana; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Foster and Andrew Foster.

Albert died Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home at the age of eighty-nine years, seven months, and three days.