Happy 100th President Smith
Former Michigan Tech President Raymond L. Smith celebrates his 100th birthday today. Smith came to Michigan Tech from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1959. He became the University's sixth president in 1965 and served in that capacity until 1979.
During his tenure enrollment more than doubled and construction flourished. Buildings constructed or acquired during Smith's time as president include the EERC, Noblet Forestry Building, SDC, McNair Residence Halls, Chemical Sciences and Engineering building and the building which bears his name, also referred to as the MEEM.
University President Glenn Mroz and his wife Gail were expected to be in Arizona today, to help Smith and his wife Rachel celebrate his birthday.
The relationship between Smith and Mroz was the focus of the article "Once a President, Always a President," in a recent Michigan Tech Magazine.