J. Winfree Smith

Obituaries

Clergyman, 76

January 20, 1991

Services for the Rev. J. Winfree Smith, a clergyman at St. Anne's Episcopal Church and an instructor at St. John's College, took place Friday at St. Anne's Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

The Right Rev. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, presided at the Requiem Eucharist.

The Rev. Smith, 76, died at his home in Annapolis Jan. 14. He had served on the St. John's faculty and the staff at St. Anne's for nearly 50 years.

The author of essays and translations of historical, mathematical and scientific works, the Rev. Smith also wrote "A Search for the Liberal College," published by St. John's College Press in 1984.

The book traces the beginnings of the New Program, which was established at the college in 1937, during a time of economic difficulty for the school.

It is based on a non-elective curriculum of the great works of Western civilization.

The Rev. Smith was regarded as the last survivor of this pivotal era in the college's history, and of the first group of international scholars who were attracted to the college by the New Program.

Originally from Ashland, Va., the Rev. Smith graduated from the University of Virginia with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history.

He took his master's degree in divinity from the Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria in 1938.

He then served as rector of a small parish in Ivy, Va., near Charlottesville while completing studies for a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Virginia. The Rev. Smith taught at St. John's Collegefrom 1941 to 1984 and was popular with faculty and students.

After his retirement, the Rev. Smith spent two years on the visiting faculty of St. Thomas Aquinas College in California, before returning to St. John's College on a part-time basis.

Survivors include his brother, Archie Lee Smith of Denver, Colo.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lauck of Annapolis; two nephews and a niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's College or to St. Anne's Church.

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