March 10, 2011 – Richard Charles Smith, 82, known also as "Dick" or "R.C.", died March 5.
He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in mechanical engineering. His career included work on the carrier USS Enterprise, at Sperry Marine Systems, at Acme Visible Records and finally at U.Va.'s Facilities Management Division.
Smith joined Facilities Management in May 1987, first serving for two years as a utilities analyst in the Utilities Department. For the next 10 years, he worked as a project manager in Facilities Planning and Construction until he retired Dec. 30, 1998.
As a utilities analyst, he planned expenditures and coordinated the fiscal programming of utilities improvements. Several of Smith's accomplishments while with Facilities Management include refurbishing the HVAC system for Wilson Hall, heating plant improvements and renovations, and founding the HVAC Committee. He managed a myriad of other utility, mechanical and HVAC projects during his 12 years at the University.
"Dick's professional performance, positive attitude, dedicated work ethic and easy-going personality contributed immeasurably to the high state of operational capability and readiness of the organization," his retirement plaque read.