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KU Friend Glee Smith Passes


Former Kansas State Senator, attorney and KU alumnus, Glee S. Smith, Jr., 94, died on November 16, 2015 in Lawrence. Graveside ervices with Military Honors were held in Larned, KS on November 19th.

Smith was born in Rozel, Kansas, April 29, 1921, the son of Glee S. Smith, Sr. and Bernice Augustine Smith. He married Geraldine Buhler at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas, December 14, 1943. They lived in Larned from 1947 until 1991, when they moved to Lawrence.

Glee graduated from the University of Kansas in 1943 with a degree in Journalism, and in 1947 with a Law degree. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi Journalism fraternity, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and Order of the Coif, honorary legal fraternity.

He served in World War II as a First Lieutenant aerial navigator in the Army Air Corps.

Glee’s service at the State level included 16 years in the Kansas State Senate, 1957 to 1973, and the last eight of those as President of the Senate. He also served for 8 years, 1975 to 1983, as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, including two years as Chairman. He was also a Past President and longtime member of the Board of the Kansas State Historical Society, and a past Chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Inc.

Other state offices and honors include:
President, Kansas University Alumni Association, 1991-1992, and member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1990-1996, and he and his wife, Geraldine have been Life Members of the Kansas University Alumni Association since 1952.
*Member, Board of Directors of the Kansas University Endowment Association, and Chairman of one of its three major operating committees.
*Board of Governors of the Kansas University Law Society and Past Chairman of its Board of Governors.
*Past President, Kansas Day Club and Past President, Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.
*President, Board of Governors of the Kansas University School of Religion.
*Member of the Board of Directors, Kansas Center for Research, Inc.
*First recipient of Higher Education Leadership Prize, awarded by all students in all State Universities in 1973.
*Recipient of the Kansas Regents Leadership Award, Kansas Bar Association Award, K.U. School of Law Distinguished Service Award, the Kansas University Distinguished Service Citation (1984)
*The Fred Ellsworth Medallion of K.U.A.A. in 1989. In 2005, he was awarded the James Woods Green Medallion, an honorary award from the University of Kansas Law School.

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