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Smith, Kermit H., 1926-2007



  • Existence: 1926 - 2007

Biographical History

Kermit H. Smith (1926-2007) was an early missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina and an educator at California State University, Sacramento.

Kermit H. Smith was born in Fruita, Colorado on September 5, 1926 to Mary Abigail Hancock and Randolph Edwin Smith. During World War II in 1944 he joined the United States Navy, but the war ended before his training was complete. He went on to serve a mission from 1949-1952 in Argentina. Throughout his life he would make many visits to Central America and Spain.

On August 26, 1952 Kermit H. Smith married Dixie L. Almond, and the couple had eight children. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD from UCLA in 1963. He served for twenty-eight years at California State University in Sacramento as a teacher and chairman. During his career he founded the 3-Summer MA program in Spain, Peru, and Mexico.

Kermit H. Smith died on January 31, 2007 in Wilton, California.

FamilySearch, via WWW, Apr. 4, 2017 (b. Sept. 5 1926 in Fruita, Colorado; d. Jan. 31, 2007 in Wilton, California; parents Mary Abigail Hancock and Randolph Edwin Smith)

A Life Worth Living: The Story of Kermit and Dixie Smith; Dixie LaRue Almond Smith; 2007: p.3 (Kermit H. Smith was born September 5, 1926 in Colorado, to Randolph Edwin Smith and Mary Abigail Hancock Smith. Kermit died January 31, 2007.); p.91 (Kermit joined the Navy in 1944, but didn't finish training before World War II ended.); p.109 ( He served a mission in Argentina from September of 1949 to April of 1952); p.159 (married Dixie L. Almond on August 26, 1952); p.323 (He was a teacher and chairman at California State University, Sacramento, for twenty-eight years. Kermit founded the 3-Summer MA program in Spain, Peru, and Mexico.) p.159-162 (Kermit recieved his bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University); p.175 (Kermit recieved his PhD from UCLA in 1963); p.186 (Kermit and Dixie had eight children) p. 213-311 (Kermit traveled to Spain and Central America many times.)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Kermit H. Smith papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233255180]
Identifier: MSS 8917
Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the life of Kermit H. Smith, including a copy of his family's history (written in 2014), and materials from his 1949-1952 mission to Argentina. Includes letters, photographs, and other documents. Materials dated approximately 1949-1952 and 2014.

Dates: approximately 1949-1952; 2014