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In memoriam: Dr. Sam Smith

For Immediate Release: September 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 14, 2010 — Drury Emeritus Professor Dr. Sam Smith died on Saturday, Sept. 11, after a two-and-a-half week battle with pneumonia. He was 87.
Smith taught at Drury from 1959-1988. He was an expert in world religions and led numerous international study trips during his tenure. In 22 years of retirement, Smith was active as an ordained minister and regularly preached at several churches throughout the Ozarks.

“He was a great friend and leader within our community. He will be deeply missed,” said Dr. Peter Browning, Drury University chaplain.

In May, the Drury School of Religion honored Smith and Dr. Allen Eikner with lifetime achievement awards as part of the school’s centennial celebration.

Smith’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at National Avenue Christian Church in Springfield.


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