St. Cloud State University Foundation
Jack Smith '52
Thanks to the GI Bill, Jack Smith ’52 was able to go to college. And once in college, he was able to continue his education at the graduate level, thanks to graduate assistantships.
The latter was true for his wife, Phyllis, as well. With gratitude for that assistance in mind, the Smiths of Tucson, Arizona, established a generous bequest to fund graduate fellowships and faculty development at St. Cloud State University.
“Today the cost of a college education has escalated, making it difficult for some students to further their advanced degrees,” Jack says. “At the same time, funds for assistantships have dwindled.”
The Smiths also want to support faculty members in their efforts to enhance their education through conferences, workshops, courses, and the like.
They have designated the endowment to St. Cloud State be used for faculty support as well as financial assistance for graduate students, specifically in the communication sciences and disorders department.
Jack majored in speech with a concentration in speech correction at St. Cloud State. He went on to become a certified speech therapist, earned a master’s degree, and then joined the faculty at Towson State University in Maryland. There, Jack was in charge of speech pathology, including the lab school.
The Smiths concluded their higher education careers at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and then retired to Tucson.
The couple has maintained a close relationship with the faculty of the communication sciences and disorders department at St. Cloud State University. “We are impressed with what they are accomplishing professionally,” Jack says.
If you, like the Smiths, desire to establish a bequest to help fund the future success of St. Cloud State students and faculty, contact Chad Marolf at (320) 308-6138.