Thomas N. Smith, associate professor emeritus of English and a member of the English Department faculty for four decades, passed away on Nov. 21.
Smith joined the University of Hartford in 1967 and taught here for more than 40 years. He specialized in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and he created a humanities course for engineering students that later became an All- University Curriculum course.
Smith was born in Hartford in 1937 and grew up in Manchester. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, where he was an extremely active student and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Smith went on to earn an MA in English from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in English from UConn. Before joining the University of Hartford, he taught at the University of Alaska and at UConn.
One of Smith's proudest moments was his participation in the 1963 March on Washington, and he had a passion for traveling and music. He is survived by his wife, Sheila (Shelly) McClench Smith; his son, Ian Spenser Smith; his daughter, Jessica Erin Smith; and his grandson, Max.
Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford. The family requests that friends bring stories and cherished memories of Tom to share at 5 p.m.
See Smith's obituary and leave online condolences.