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In Memoriam: Gordon L. Smith, Jr. '43

Posted by McCallie Communications and Marketing on March 08, 2017

Gordon L. Smith Jr. ‘43 passed away last week at the age of 91.

Smith was a longtime supporter of McCallie,serving as a trustee for several terms from 1968 to 2002. During that time, the chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2000, also serving as chairman of the building committee, which was appropriate since his father was one of the original architects of the campus.

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Topics: trustees, In Memoriam, class of 1943

Three Takeaways from a Distinguished Alumnus

Posted by Billy Faires on April 12, 2016

In March, Michael Lebovitz '82 graciously accepted the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from McCallie School. The award is the highest honor the school can bestow upon one of its alumni, and only one award per year is given. After thanking the school, his family and friends, he offered the following thoughts.

I want to talk about three things as it relates to my experiences at McCallie: relationships and experiences, ego, and giving.

Relationships & Experiences

I believe most things in life revolve around relationships and experiences, and I know I learned the importance of relationships and experiences from my time at McCallie. The relationships that each of us established with our classmates and teachers endure to this day, and some of the experiences we will never forget (and some shouldn't be repeated).

First day at McCallie, September, 1976. I was a 13-year-old "pygmy" — what we inappropriately called seventh-graders back then — and in first period I had Coach Day. Can you imagine Coach Day’s teaching today? Wow, that would be interesting. Sort of like some of our Presidential candidates today – say everything you can that is NOT politically correct!

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Topics: alumni, Alumni News, wisdom, experience, friendship, generosity, gratitude, relationships, Posts from the Ridge, trustees

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