Making a Contribution

Dustin Smith was a giving, selfless, compassionate friend, who touched the lives of many.  Although his friends and family are devastated by his passing, they know that he would not want us to linger in sorrow, and instead to live each day to the fullest.

One of Dustin’s passions was education. Not only did he spend the majority of his life in academia, earning a Masters in Media Arts & Sciences at the M.I.T. Media Lab and a Ph’D in Artificial Intelligence, but Dustin also inspired many to follow their educational dreams. Dustin not only volunteered as an Artificial Intelligence teacher for middle and high school students through M.I.T.’s Splash program, but he also mentored fellow M.I.T. students.

Dustin’s family has set up an endowment at M.I.T. in memory of Dustin. To contribute to the Dustin Arthur Smith (2013) Memorial Fund please send check to:

Bonny Kellermann
Director of Memorial Gifts
600 Memorial Drive
MIT Room  W98-526
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please indicate on check memo or cover letter that your gift is in memory of Dustin Arthur Smith.  If interested in paying by credit card, please contact Bonny Kellermann at 617-253-9722

Dustin’s life was taken due to sudden cardiac death, the result of his diagnosis of HCM, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  Dustin had HCM with obstruction.   His family started a foundation in his memory, The Dustin Smith Heart Foundation.  The DSH Foundation’s objective is to raise awareness and fund research for this horrible disease.  HCM is a genetic heart disease that causes a thickening of the heart muscle, from no obvious cause.  The disease is a significant cause of sudden unexpected cardiac death in any age group and a leading cause of  sudden cardiac death in young athletes.  According to the HCM Association, HCM is the most common of all genetic heart conditions, affecting an estimated 1 in 500 people.  In comparison cystic fibrosis has a prevalence of 1 in 3,300.

To contribute to the Dustin Smith Heart Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit,  please send a check to

The Dustin Smith Heart Foundation

PO Box 1601

Darien, CT 06820

Please include your return address if you would like a tax donation statement.    You may also donate through paypal.

For more information on the foundation, please visit The Dustin Smith Heart Foundation.

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