Richard Emmanuel Smith, 71, of 310 South Third Street, in Lewisburg,
PA. USA, died at his home Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2007, surrounded
by his family. A native of Guyana, South America, he was born in New
Amsterdam on Jan. 1, 1936, a son of the late Lambert Edward and Leah
Elfreda (Richards) Smith. He was married to the former Charlotte May
Simpson, and, together, they would have celebrated their 44th wedding
anniversary on November 2nd, 2007.
Dr. Smith received his BA at Inter American University in San German,
Puerto Rico, his BD at Waterloo Seminary in Canada. and his MA and PhD
at Ohio State University. IN 1961 he was ordained as a Lutheran
minister and served as a parish pastor for five years at Armadale
Lutheran Church. As a Professor of English literature, specializing in
the medieval period, Dr. Smith taught for 37 years at Bucknell
University. When he joined the English Department in 1971, Dr. Smith
was the first professor of West Indian descent to earn tenure in the
history of the University and for many years was the only black
faculty advisor for students of color.
Dr. Smith was one of the founders of Bucknell's London Semester
program, and created and served as faculty coordinator for STEP
(Summer Transfer Enrichment Program). In addition to his courses in
Medieval English literature, Dr. Smith also taught African and
Caribbean literature and was a staunch member of the Caribbean Studies
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Hazel, Mark
and Martin; Dr. Smith is also survived by sisters, Doris Pearce of New
Jersey, Aveleen Hughes of New York, Barbara Hamlet of Ohio, Joy Esther
Hinds of California and brothers, Ivan Smith of London, England and
Osmond Smith of New Amsterdam, Guyana. He was the brother-in-law of
Winston Hinds of California and the late Dr. Desmond Hamlet of Ohio,
who preceded him in death on September 14th of this year. He is
mourned by 31 nieces and nephews, in addition to a host of cousins,
friends and colleagues, as well as one grandson, Gabriel Alfredo.
A celebration of Dr. Smith’s life and work will be held on November 18th at 11am, in Bucknell Hall located on Loomis Street in Lewisburg,
with repast to follow at the Lewisburg Club located at 131 Market Street.
Donations and Accomodations
Funeral arrangements are by the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, Market and Eighth streets, Lewisburg.