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Summer 11 Features


100 years and going strong
Sporting an attitude
These times they are a-changin'

Legend of the fall

The Columns: Alumni Review
Club and Chapter News
"Tigers Around Town" make
splashy debut

In Memoriam

The Columns: Alumni Review
A gallery of presidents, from past to present
Centennial reflections
Looking back: Centennial timeline
Smith's impact at U of M remembered

Dr. R. Eugene Smith
Dr. R. Eugene Smith
Dr. R. Eugene Smith was associated with the University of Memphis from 1963 until his retirement in 2000, serving in the administrations of five U of M presidents. The most recent, Dr. Shirley Raines, calls him “legendary.”

“He had a profound influence on the development of the University of Memphis for several decades, beginning with the administration of Dr. Cecil C. Humphreys,” said Raines. “He hired many of the people who have worked and still work for the Division of Business and Finance.”

Smith, a former vice president of Business and Finance, died in July. 

“He was deeply rooted in University history, and was always loyal and generous,” said current Business and Finance vice president David Zettergren. “Dr. Smith listened to all employees and championed programs to show the University’s appreciation.”

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in business at Middle Tennessee State University in 1957. He came to work for the University in 1963 and eight years later became the school’s Business and Finance vice president, a post he held until his retirement.

While working at Memphis, Smith earned a master’s degree, followed by a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He also combined the duties of an administrator with those of a professor, teaching educational administration at the U of M, and he served on numerous committees for the University, the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

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