Kent Smith |

Kent Smith

Kent Smith died Feb. 18 at his home in Nevada City. He was 66.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date; the date and location will be announced.

Mr. Smith was born June 16, 1941, in San Jose. He received his bachelor’s degree in American history from Stanford University; his master’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor at several California Universities for 20 years, teaching history, international relations and MBA marketing and management in the Silicon Valley. He was also a management consultant for various businesses and nonprofits.

Mr. Smith held many leadership positions in various organizations involving the peace and civil rights movement in the 1960s and ’70s. In the 1980s he moved to San Francisco and became the executive director of the Association of Dreams and the founder of the Dream Training Institute. In 1988 he moved to Nevada County, built his own “Walden” cabin in a spiritual community near Grass Valley and lived without running water, electricity or plumbing for 12 years. He was instrumental in the formation of the Green Party in California and ran for the U.S. and State Senate. In the 1990s, he became president of our local FCAT station. He continued his community service until the end of his life, organizing many groups, teaching free classes and mentoring others.

He enjoyed tennis, soccer, trips to the family cabin, international travel, reading, writing (he authored/co-authored two books), meditating, art, walking the streets of Nevada City, attending cultural events and spending time with his family.

Mr. Smith is survived by his life partner, Lynn Ely; daughters and sons-in-law Micaela Rubalcava and Jeff Cunan, of Quincy, and Gabrielle Smith-Dluha and Radovan Dluhy-Smith, of the Czech Republic; grandchildren Luis, Che and Miles Rubalcava-Cunan, Jacob Dluhy-Smith, Teo Dluhy-Smith and Olivia Dluha; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Hannah Smith, of Walnut Creek; sisters and brothers-in-law Nancy and Mike Anderson, of Grass Valley, and Elaine and John Culverwell, of Fremont, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph J. Smith and Louise Dally Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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