Winthrop A. "Pink" Smith

Milford Man of the Year

Winthrop A. “Pink” Smith was born in Milford CT to the late George J. and Ellen Rhoena Clark Smith. He was direct descendant of the founding families of Milford in 1639. He was a graduate of Milford High School, Milford Preparatory School, Yale University, and McAllister School of Embalming.

Mr. Smith was member of ROTC while at Yale. In his junior year he was commissioned as a 2nd. Lt. in the Ct. National Guard. Upon graduation from Yale he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army during World War II attaining the rank of major. He received Bronze Star and took part in the Battle of the Bulge.

Pink lettered 3 times in Lacross while in Yale being elected captain in his senior year. He played for the USA All American team vs. Canada team in 1931. Pink was elected to the Lacross Hall of Fame in 1969 and served as varsity Lacross coach for Yale 1932 to 1935 and again from 1946 to 1948. Mr. Smith was a life member of American Legion Post #34, where he served as Past Commander and Manager of the Junior Legion baseball team. He was also a life member of Devon Post V.F.W. #7788.

Mr. Smith was an active member for the American Red Cross since 1950 where he was Captain of the Red Cross Fund Drive, Past Chapter Chairman and Director, Chairman of Blood Program, Chairman of Emergency Blood Call Drivers, Chairman of Service to Military Families of Milford, Vice Chairman and Chairman to Military Families of the State of Connecticut, Red Cross Consultant on Fund Raising life time member of Board of Directors of Milford Chapter where he received the Sterling Volunteer Award.