July 6, 1877, Toledo, Ohio.

December 17, 1949, New Haven, Connecticut.

Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.

David was the son of William Henry Harrison Smith and Julia Welles Griswold.

He started his studies with Horatio Parker in 1895 at Yale University, and was appointed organist at the Center Church in New Haven. He traveled to Europe, and studied under Ludwig Thuille in Munich and Vincent d’Indy in Paris. He returned to America in 1902.

On returning to New Haven in 1903, he taught music theory at Yale, and succeeded Parker as the Dean of the School of Music, and as the conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Smith retired from Yale in 1946.

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