Alan J. Smith, 1931-2012
Post #1542 • March 29, 2012, 8:19 AM • 3 Comments
I learned this morning from Janet Cook that Alan Smith died this past Sunday. Alan and I shared a studio at the University of Miami during our second year of graduate school. Learned, charming, and astute of judgment, his company there was always a pleasure.
Tasked with a ten-page paper for an art history seminar with Dr. Paula Harper, most of us in the MFA Class of '94 submitted a ten-page paper. Not Alan. Alan penned a 110-page monster with 386 footnotes on the writings of Walter Darby Bannard, then Art Department chairman. Alan, by example, thus taught me an indelible lesson about the power of exceeding expectations, and I have striven to act accordingly since then.
After graduate school, Alan made a new life for himself in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he passed away. An appreciation attached to Janet's email hails from the Port St. Lucie Scrabble Club, where I have no doubt he was a personally affable and strategically indomitable presence.
I, among many, will miss him.