Virtual Hall of Fame
William Donald Smith has served the physical education and recreation fields with distinction for twenty years. He joined the faculty of the then School of Physical Education of the University of Alberta at Edmonton in 1947 after having completed undergraduate work at the University of Toronto and an M.A, at Columbia. His doctorate was earned at the University of Buffalo in 1957.
Dr. Smith has paralleled his teaching and administrative responsibilities at Alberta with visionary leadership in professional and service organizations. A longtime teacher of aquatics he has served the Red Cross water safety program in several positions including chairing the Alberta Division Committee of Water Safety and as a member of the National Water Safety Committee. As chairman of the Alberta Lifeguard Service Committee and member of the Alberta Safety Council he has played am important role in the work of those bodies. Not to restrict his efforts to the safety side, Dr. Smith has used his talents and energies in the promotion of competitive swimming through both the South Side Club of Edmonton, which he has served as president, and in a variety of senior positions in the Alberta Section of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association.
Those fortunate enough to work closely with him recognize organizational ability of a high order combined with an uncanny knack of being able to select the right man for the right job in any situation.
His intense personal interest in outdoor activities of all kinds is reflected in both his teaching in outdoor education and service to camping associations. Just completing a term as president of the Canadian Camping Association, Dr. Smith has been an executive member of the Alberta Camping Association since 1959.
Somehow, this apparently tireless educator has found time to make a highly significant contribution to C.A.H.P.E.R. No less than three national committees have been under his guidance. It was during his tenure as Publications Chairman (1957-59) that the present printed journal first appeared. He is also a past present of the Edmonton Men’s Branch.
His honours include a fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Red Cross Badge of Service.
Recently more of his working time has been devoted to administration as Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Faculty of Physical Education. Fortunately for the profession, his wisdom and experience are tapped by the growing list of graduate students at Alberta in Dr. Smith’s role as graduate advisor.
An energetic, capable and warm human being, William Donald Smith provides a model worthy of emulation.
1965 R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
Fredericton, New Brunswick
- 1967 - 69 CAHPERD President
- 1965 R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
Every organization or association has the benefit of the enthusiasms of a few members who make unusual contributions to the growth and development of the Association.
Nov – Dec 1976
CAHPER Journal Vol. 43 No. 2