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Smiths to celebrate 50th anniversary

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Retired Marine Corps Colonel Paul J. Smith and his wife, Norma Jean Hamilton Smith, of Loretto Road, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this week. The couple were married by Father Joseph Gluck at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fredericktown on Dec. 30, 1961. Norma Jean is the daughter of well-known and respected local businessman, Paul Hamilton and his wife, Frances Mudd Hamilton, both now deceased. The Hamiltons owned and operated Kalarama Farm in Springfield.
Colonel Smith was the Marine Corps Honor Graduate from the University of Louisville’s class of 1961 with a degree in physics and mathematics and subsequently attended the Navy Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif. obtaining a Master of Science degree in operations research and systems analysis.
Norma Jean graduated from Saints Mary and Elizabeth School of Nursing in Louisville in 1961 and is a registered nurse. Since retiring from active Marine Corps duty, Colonel Smith has operated a consulting business providing operational and logistical counsel to defense contractors throughout the world, including extensive on-site involvement in the Middle East and Pacific areas. His military and consulting work has taken him to nearly 50 countries and territories throughout the world. Norma Jean is active in the local community and is the founder and operator of Kalarama Llamas and Ratites, operating a small breeding herd at the family farm. Both Norma Jean and Paul are Kentucky Colonels.
The Smiths have three children and four grandchildren, including Susan Annette Smith, a Lexington RN, and son, Tristan Paul; Michael Joseph Smith, a Truckee California contractor with wife, Nicolette, and son, Dawson Michael; and Paul Hamilton Smith, a Lexington television producer, with wife Jennifer, and twin daughters, Madison Jane and Taylor Hamilton.
They will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a cruise of the Caribbean that will include their children and grandchildren.
(The Smiths are pictured attending the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. )