Security industry icon and staple of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA—now known as ESA), Thomas Fleming Smith passed on March 21st, 2016, one day after his 96th birthday.
In an industry with as rich and robust of a history as the electronic security industry, it would be incomplete without the influence and direction of Tom Smith. Smith experienced early success in modernizing the operation of Security, Inc. with the installation of a computerized central station, culminating with a UL listing by 1979. His forward-thinking manner and leadership resulted in being named the Morris F. Weinstock Leader of the Year Award in 1987, recognizing his significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry. Smith later came to be Chairman of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) where he was responsible for more than tripling its membership for which he was later honored with the committee’s award for “outstanding performance and accomplishment.”
Tom and his wife, Pat, were crucial to the 1982 launch of the first independent headquarters for NBFAA. The Smiths, who were active members in the organization, donated time, personnel, equipment and an alarm system for the new HQ while furthering the mission of NBFAA. Smith’s generosity and dedication to protecting lives and property, something he considered ‘truly a noble calling’ spurred his election as President of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) in 1989 where he served until 1991.
His accomplishments were not limited to that of the security business. Smith was a devoted son, husband, and father in addition to the lasting and meaningful relationships he made throughout his lifetime. ESA would like to express profound gratitude for the path Thomas Fleming Smith paved for our organization and the security industry. His devotion to life safety and protecting property is a value that will live on through ESA for years to come. Our condolences and prayers are with the Smith family.
A funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 8th at 11 AM at St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Bethesda, Maryland. It is requested that in lieu of flowers, please consider a gift (https://www.gonzaga.org/giving) in Tom’s name to Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. or to The Kiwanis Foundation of Washington D.C. c/o Jackson & Campbell., PC.