Thomas J. Smith
Thomas James Smith was born August 28,
1920 in Fort Worth, Texas to Gregory K. and Pauleen
Smith. His father emigrated from
Tom was the oldest of
five boys and they all grew up in Fort Worth. He attended grade school and
high school there and then after military service attended
While he was working at the Coffee Shop, he met Ruby Ellen Scott.
They were married on
When that job was completed, he was sent to Alaska as Chief of Security
for the ALCAN Highway construction project. He
spent a year in
About a year or so after he joined the force, he was involved in an incident which could have turned out to be very bad. The story made the front page of the Fort Worth Star Telegram and a yellowed copy of that story tells it like this:
Early on Sunday morning T.J. Smith and his partner, Marshall McMahan,
were on patrol in their police cruiser. About they saw two men, later identified as Indiana
bank robbers Ernest William Ford and Paul Edward Gibson, in front of a church on
the south side of
It wasnít long after that when Tom advanced to the level of
Sergeant. Then in January 1950, he was sent by the Fort Worth Police
Department to attend the
In October, 1950, he was offered the position of Special Agent with the
FBI and was sent to San Diego, CA for his first assignment. In June 1951
he was transferred to
During his tenure in Albuquerque, Tom and Rubyís son, David, was born in
1953. It was also during this time that Tom became a member of the Episcopal
church and served as a Lay Reader at St.
Markís-on-the-Mesa. Later on he served as Senior Warden in churches in the
other cities he lived. In June, 1960, Tom was transferred to the
In 1964 Tom was again transferred, this time to the Intelligence Division at FBI Headquarters Office in Washington, D.C. He served as Chief of the Research Section in the Latin American section. He was later promoted to Inspector and assigned to the Domestic Intelligence Division as a Deputy Assistant Director, where he reported to Ed Miller and Mark Felt.
During his assignment as Inspector and Deputy Assistant Director he
appeared before various congressional hearings related to FBI operations.
In early1974 he was selected as the US Delegate to the NATO Special Committee in
Since he and his wife had always had a special fondness for New Mexico, they moved back to Albuquerque in September 1975. Tom became an active member of the Society of Former Agents of the FBI and served two years as president of the local chapter.
He and a friend, Dolph Saenz, founded the local chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, AFIO, and he served two terms as president. He was active in the organization for the rest of his life. He was also a member of the Elks Club (BPEO) for several years and served as chairman of the Americanism Committee. He was active in the Association of Central Intelligence Corps Veterans (ACICV).
For eight years from 1976 to 1984, he worked for the New Mexico State Fair as Chief of Security for the Racing Division.
During his last twenty-five years he helped in Rubyís growing doll business as manager, inventor of special tools for making dolls, and as all-round helper. He was always on hand to help transport dolls to and from doll shows and help with the sales at these events.
His health began failing in the spring of 2001, and after a fall on the
ice in January 2002, he developed a hematoma in the brain. On