Alfred E. Smith IV, M.C. of Catholic Charity Roast, Dies at 68


He was the chairman of Hackers for Hope, which he helped found to raise money for cancer research. Mr. Smith was treated for throat cancer in his 30s.

In 1975 he married Nan Moore. She and his son survive him, as do a daughter, Catherine Smith Totero; six grandchildren; two brothers, Christopher and Timothy; and four sisters, Kathleen Smith Murray, Susan Smith Joyce, Helen M. Smith and Ann Smith Konopka.

Governor Smith served from 1919 to 1920 and from 1923 to 1928, when he was the Democratic nominee for president but lost to Herbert Hoover. He eventually broke with his successor as governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and endorsed Roosevelt’s Republican rivals for president in 1936 and 1940. He died in 1944, shortly before Election Day.

Alfred Jr., who was elected to the New York City Council as a Democrat in 1939 and served one term, also supported Republicans for president after 1936. Alfred III was a priest.

Alfred IV, an enrolled Democrat, was grand marshal of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. (He had first marched as a student at Iona Prep and, as grand marshal, wore the top hat that Governor Smith wore when he led the 1925 parade.) He served on the foundation dinner board for about 30 years, resigning after the 2016 dinner, which raised more than $6 million, a record.

Alfred V lives near Santa Monica, Calif., and is a managing director of Hartford Gold Group, which advises clients on precious metals. Also an enrolled Democrat, he said he had no immediate plans to succeed his father at the foundation.

There is no Alfred VI, at least not yet. Alfred V said the title sounded a little too much like a king or pope.

“Had I known my son would have liked me to name him Alfred E. Smith VI, which he has expressed,” he said, “I would have.”

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