On his graduation from Notre Dame High School in 1957, Patrick M. Smith enrolled in Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science there in 1962. He then entered Boalt Hall School of Law, the University of California Berkeley, from where he received a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966.
Patrick returned to the Pacific Northwest where he passed the Bar Examination and became an Associate at Krause, Lindsey and Nahstoll, in Portland, Oregon. He worked for that firm until 1968. That he Patrick co-founded Smith, Todd & Ball, Portland, Oregon. He remained a partner there until 1979, when he accepted the position of Special Antitrust Counsel to Washington Fruit and Produce Company in Yakima, Washington until 1982.
Patrick Smith then served as the Chief Legal Counsel to The Honorable Yutaka M. Gibbons, High Chief Ibedul to The Republic of Palau. The High Chief's position in Palau is similar to that of a king. Palau is a small island nation in the Pacific, 6 degrees N. of the Equator and 500 miles east of the Phillipines. He held this position until 1983
"My tenure in Palau was cut short when the political enemies of Ibedul blew up my boat and then firebombed my house. A rapid departure was made with my passport, a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and Tevas--the story was covered by NBC's First Camera and ABC's 20/20."
Patrick then accepted the more tame position of General Counsel and Sr. Vice-President of Smith's Home Furnishings, Portland, Oregon (1983-1987)
From 1988 until 2003, Patrick was a partner and shareholder in Haskins, Nugent, Newnham, Kane & Zvetina, P.C., San Diego, California. In 2003, he retired from the practice of law and moved to Sisters, Oregon the following year.
"I have been married three times, but have finally got it right with my current wife, Lesley Allison. Lesley is a retired health care lawyer and CEO of a large medical group management company specializing in the management of Anesthesiologists."
Patrick has two children. Matt is a lawyer with his own firm in Seattle, Washington and Melissa is an executive headhunter and homemaker in Portland, Oregon. Each of his children has two children. "My wife's son has a daughter in Bulgaria and a daughter in San Diego, which gives me six grandkids altogether."
The Smiths retirement consists "mostly of spending time with the grandkids and traveling extensively."
In 2007, Patrick and Lesley Allison have traveled to six continents, missing only Australia. In January and February they spent 6 weeks in Antarctica, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru; June was spent in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. This October and November the Smiths will be in China and Tibet. " I hope to make the Century Club for those who have traveled to 100 countries before I die. I am at 70 now, so obviously my work is cut out for me."
"I look forward to seeing many of my old high school friends and the Reunion in October."