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Smith, David K. (Class of 1942, faculty), February 20, 1989

Identifier: MOH54

Scope and Contents

1 oral history interview with David Kingsbury Smith (Class of 1942).

Grew up in Pittsford Vermont (00:20); Great depression (:53); bank holiday (3:17); Middlebury College 1938 (6:30); schloarship and tuition (6:43); finding work during college/depression years (9:58); commencement 1942, World War II (13:32); army reserve in general terms 1943 (14:23); V-12 navy unit at Middlebury (14:40); daily chapel in Mead (16:27); Veterans of World War II coming as students after the war (17:29); fraternities, role on campus before war (18:07); rules for women students in 30's and early 40's (18:45); mountain club (19:30); smaller class ratios while a student, compared to when he was teaching (22:00); begins studying economics (27:00); accepted at Harvard (28:55); commissioned into the Navy (29:55); Harvard closes for the War (32:05); finds role teaching munitions for navy during war (33:33); joins economic's department at Middlebury (39:25); Harry Fife dies (41:23); discussion of majors offered in economics (44;25); statistics class added to curriculum (46:44); chairman of economics department (49:10); comprehensive exams (51:00); computers (55:22); tenure as chairman ends (57:30); introduces econ. 100, discusses classes taught (58:19); 1979 sabatticl in Norway (1:05:44); December 1987 retires (1:06:11); winter term added (1:07:15); Vermont antidotes (1:07:47); student honor David (1;18:15).


  • Creation: February 20, 1989

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Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

David Kingsbury Smith (1921-) graduated from Middlebury College in 1942. He was born to Leone Ernest and Eleanor Jean (Homer) Smith in Proctor, Vermont. Smith served as Assistant Professor at Middlebury College from 1950 to 1988. He married Carol Hartman in 1942 and the couple had four children: David K., Lorren C., Marcy L., and Kimberley.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

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Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13af19890220-02

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States