In Memory of Mark Smith

On February 14, 2011, a memorial service was held for Dr. Mark A. Smith, professor of pathology and renowned Alzheimer’s researcher. The following passage from Dr. Smith's 2009 Jackson Award nomination was read:

Mark A. Smith

"I find it difficult to put together words that can come close to describing what Dr. Mark A. Smith means to me. He has been an incredibly influential figure in my life as an undergraduate student offering understanding and wise guidance in my research, studies, career, and personal life. Starting a job as a lab assistant my freshman year, I have worked for Dr. Smith in his pathology research lab for nearly four years now. My undergraduate years have been full of challenges and Dr. Smith has been there every step of the way helping me to realize my goals and pushing me to exceed all personal expectations…With each bump in the research road, Dr. Smith patiently and assuredly helped me troubleshoot problems. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Dr. Smith’s style is that he effortlessly infuses comedy into my projects every day. When I am ready to pull out my hair in frustration, Dr. Smith makes me laugh and stop and think about what is truly important in life…Looking back on these accomplishments, I can’t help but think how different life would be had I not met Dr. Smith. While other teachers have either held my hand through projects or left me bewildered and lost, Dr. Smith seems to effortlessly walk the fine line between providing strong guidance and allowing room for independent discovery. His teaching style has never made me feel overwhelmed while at the same time, he consistently pushes me to do my very best work. I have never met a professor who is more personally invested in the success and best interest of his students."

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