The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 November 2006

A light behind the rainbow

I drove past Keith Smith's house yesterday, which is nothing unusual, since it's near my house. At the time, I had no idea that he wasn't there.

Turns out that Smith, one of the founders of Central Oklahoma's Stonewall Democrats, and the party's first openly-gay delegate to the national Democratic convention, had died Monday night, a victim of pneumonia, at Integris Baptist Medical Center. The Smith Group, which he headed, had established itself as a major player in Oklahoma's progressive politics: Smith represented many left-of-center groups, not all of them GLBT-related.

Family services will be in Smith's hometown of Alva; there will be a memorial at the Capitol on the first of December.

Posted at 8:30 AM to Soonerland

I had the pleasure of meeting Keith for the first time at a Howard Dean meetup/rally at Bricktown Brewery a few years back. Very nice. Much, much smarter than me. Coincidentally, it was the same evening I met the person who would become Sarah's best friend.

Posted by: Dwight at 9:41 AM on 22 November 2006

Yep, Keith was a great guy. He was insightful, tenacious, and a good guy. He knew how things worked and wasn't afraid to confront the issues. He'll be hard to replace.

Posted by: Ron at 10:00 AM on 22 November 2006