The NJIT community mourns the passing of Leon G. Smith, M.D. on Dec. 19, 2016. One of the first infectious disease specialists in New Jersey, Dr. Smith was the chairman of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, where he founded the medical education program. He received an honorary degree from NJIT in 2010. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge St., Newark, N.J. For further information or to share condolences, please visit farmerfuneral.com.