George H. Smeath manuscripts, undated
Scope and Contents note
Records and writings used in Smeath's career.
- Other: undated
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Open for public research.
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Permission to publish material from George H. Smeath collection must be obtained from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
George Hillier Smeath (1907-1999) taught landscape architecture, horticulture and community planning courses at Brigham Young University. He later became a city planner and worked in Ogden, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; Provo, Utah; Modesto, California; and Santa Rosa, California.
George Hillier Smeath was a Utah City planner who worked in Ogden, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; Provo, Utah; Modesto, California; and Santa Rosa, California. During the early 1940s, Smeath was the Provo City Planning Director. During his employment, he played an active role in mitigating the impact of Geneva Steel on social and cultural life in Utah County. He married Mary Hawker on June 21, 1938 and they had three children.
George H. Smeath was born July 5, 1907, in Montpelier, Idaho. He died Oct. 6, 1999, in Tooele, Utah. He was the son of James Charles Smeath and Frances Mae Brown Smeath. He married Mary Alice Hawker of Grantsville, Utah, June 21, 1938, and they became the parents of three daughters: Mary (Richard) Thornton of Grantsville, Susan (Dale) Carlsen of Farmington, N. M. and Frances of Springville. He graduated from Brigham Young University where he taught landscape architecture, horticulture and community planning courses. He received his Master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Thereafter he worked as planning director for Provo and Utah County, directed planning efforts in Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties, in many rural Utah counties and communities, and in Modesto and Santa Rosa, California. Smeath established a citizens planning association whose missions were to determine the short-and long-term needs of the cities and counties in which he worked. They addressed such questions as schools, parks, and neighborhood development. He was also concerned about the beautification and preservation of central cities. His wife, Mary Alice Hawker Smeath was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Grantsville, Utah and died at age 91, on April 2, 2003, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
20 boxes (10 linear ft.)
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