Smitty is an 81 year old retired teacher. No matter where he traveled or what job opportunity he sought, Smitty remained dedicated to the pursuit of academia almost all his life. As a young boy he was born and raised in Louisiana. Though, Smitty truly feels that he grew up in New Mexico, where he lived as an adolescent up until he left for university. Smitty traveled to many destinations in his lifetime and has had the opportunity to be involved in education, whether teacher or learning at prestigious schools and universities. He taught at a number of schools, such as the University of Puerto Rico and the private Menlo School; traveling the world while exploring multiple languages and cultures. He is a humble, witty yet casual character who is a delight to share a story or two with.
Sweet Jane Hammon
Oral History and Community Memory Archive
Archives & Special Collections of California State University, Monterey Bay
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California State University, Monterey Bay, "Interview with Gaylord "Smitty" Smith" (2020). LGBTQ Community of Monterey County Project. 3.