Press ReleaseDate: 11-05-12
Name: Rob Forman Phone: 973 972 7276
UMDNJ Mourns the Passing of Leroy F. Smith, Jr.
In 1996, Smith received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degres from Essex County College.
After ill health forced him to retire from UMDNJ’s EMS in 2007, the building that had housed the jail was renamed the “Essex County Leroy F. Smith, Jr., Public Safety Building.” The building has since been converted to accommodate offices for the county sheriff, the county prosecutor and other county agencies.
Memories of Leroy Smith among members of UMDNJ EMS are very personal. Terry Hoben, NorthSTAR air medical coordinator at UMDNJ-University Hospital, says, "Leroy Smith had leadership, energy and passion that I’ll never forget. In my 27 years here, he helped me through my successes and my challenges." Hoben adds, "He treated me like a son and I was not the only one. He treated in the EMS family as if they were his sons or his daughters, and he will sorely be missed."
Funeral services will be private. Visitation will be held at Megaro Memorial Home, 503 Union Avenue in Belleville, on Tuesday, November 6, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Wednesday, November 7, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. http://www.megaromemorialhome.com/
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey’s only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending three medical schools, the State’s only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey’s only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the State.