Smith, Wilford E., 1916-2010
- Existence: 1916 - 2010
Wilford E. Smith (born 1916) was a Mormon missionary and college professor in Utah.
Wilford Emery Smith was born May 16, 1916, in Holladay, Utah. He grew up on his family farm and attended Irving School in Holladay. From 1932 to 1934, he attended Granite High school. In April 1935 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. On September 2, 1936, he was called to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand and served there from 1936 to 1939.
After his mission he attended Brigham Young University with the intention of training to become a school teacher. He also met Ruth Christensen in 1939 and they married on August 31, 1940. They had five children. He transferred to the University of Utah in 1940. In June 1943 he graduated wth a bachelor's degree from the School of Education with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology.
In 1944, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army and served in the South Pacific during the Second World War. He was awarded battle stars for the Leyte and Okinawan campaigns. He was an active reservist from 1946 to 1976 and retired as a full colonel, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal. He became a professor of sociology at Brigham Young University in 1948 after completing his master's degree in Educational Administration and received his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1952.
In 1981, he was called to serve as a mission president in the Fiji Suva Mission. He has served in various other positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as on multiple educational boards.
Citation:Wilford E. Smith papers, 1934-2000 (Wilford Emery Smith; born May 16, 1916 in Holladay, Utah; family farm and attended Irving School in Holladay; attended Granite High school, 1932-1934; joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1935; September 2, 1936, he was called to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand and served there from 1936 to 1939; attended Brigham Young University; met Ruth Christensen, 1939; married on August 31, 1940; five children; transferred to the University of Utah, 1940; graduated wth a BA in the School of Education with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, 1943; commissioned as a first liutenant in the army, 1944; served in the South Pacific during World War II; awarded battle stars for the Leyte and Okinawan campaigns; active reservist from 1946 to 1976 and retired as a full colonel receiving the Meritorious Service Medal; professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University in 1948; master's degree in Educational Administration; Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1952; called to serve as a mission president in the Fiji Suva Mission, 1981)
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
History of the Brigham Young University Sociology Department
Contains a brief history of the Sociology Department, including names of those with masters' and bachelors degrees.
Wilford E. Smith papers
Collection contains books written by Wilford E. Smith on both his life and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, scrapbooks of his wedding, war service and other greetings' correspondence, magazines, newsclippings, and other materials concerning his time as a mission president in Fiji, and reel to reel tapes of trips taken by Wilford E. and Ruth Smith. Materials date from between 1934 and 2000.
Wilford E. Smith personal narratives
Utah's prison system
Mimeograph of a typewritten essay. Smith outlines the expenses and problems of the Utah prison system and makes suggestions for the rehabilitation of criminals.
Wilford E. Smith audiotapes, 1977
Contains reel to reel tapes of trips taken by Wilford E. and Ruth Smith, 1977.
Wilford E. Smith books, 1936-2000
Contains the following books written by Wilford E. Smith, including family history, autobiographies, essays, and textbooks on Mormon doctrine and sociology. Works date from between 1971 and 2000.
Wilford E. Smith personal papers, 1934-2000
Wilford E. Smith scrapbooks, 1934-1952
Contains scrapbooks containing greeting cards from 1934 to 1939, materials from Wilford E. Smith and Ruth Christensen's wedding in 1949, and materials from Wilford E. Smith's time in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1952.
- Archival Object 4
- Collection 4
- Mormon Church -- Missions -- Fiji 6
- Colleges and Universities 5
- Education 5
- Mormon Church -- Doctrines 4
- Mormon missionaries -- Fiji 4
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3
- Missions and Missionaries 3
- Scrapbooks 3
- Audiotapes 2
- Books 2
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 2
- Essays 2
- Letters 2
- Prisons -- Utah 2
- Autobiographies 1
- Civil Procedure and Courts 1
- Foreign study 1
- Greeting cards 1
- Grenoble (France) 1
- Histories (Literary works) 1
- Holladay (Utah) 1
- Mormon chaplains 1
- Mormon missionaries -- New Zealand 1
- Mormons 1
- Paris (France) 1
- Periodicals 1
- Poetry -- 20th century 1
- Politics, Government, and Law 1
- Prisons -- Officials and employees 1
- Rehabilitation -- Utah 1
- Salzburg (Austria) 1
- Sociology 1
- Speeches, addresses, etc., American 1
- World War, 1939-1945 1
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Chaplains 1 ∧ less