honors Fred W. Smith as winner of Four Presidents Award
for public service
RITs Vice President
Emeritus Alfred L. Davis heard inspirational words from CIA Director
George Tenet during the 2002 graduation ceremonies. Tenet told
the graduates: Serve someone other than yourself, something
bigger than yourself.
|At a reception
honoring the first recipient of a new public service award
are, from left, former RIT President Richard Rose, Vice President
Emeritus Alfred Davis, former President Paul Miller and President
Davis, who has a 65-year
association with RIT, decided he, too, would take on the challenge.
So he created the Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service
Award, which will be presented annually to a member of the RIT
faculty or staff whose public service and commitment mirrors that
of the four presidents who worked with Davis. They are: the late
Mark Ellingson (who served RIT from 1936-1969), Paul Miller (1969-1979),
Richard Rose (1979-1992) and Albert Simone (1992-present).
|Fred W. Smith,
who joined RIT in 1971, is the first recipient of the Four
Presidents’ Distinguished Public Service Award.
Fred W. Smith, secretary
of the institute and assistant to the president, is the awards
first recipient. Smith joined RIT in 1971. He served as chairman
of the board of Rochesters Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum
during the museums first expansion in the late 1990s. He
also has contributed his time and talents to other organizations
including Family Service of Rochester, Rochester Museum and Science
Center (former president and chairman), the Urbanarium, Project
HOPE and the Fortnightly Club of Rochester. He also has served
as a trustee and elder of Third Presbyterian Church.
Fred Smith has
been an inspirational force in helping to shape the social service
and cultural landscape of the greater Rochester region,
says Simone. As the first recipient of this award, he represents
the best of RIT and the greater Rochester community.
Smith was recognized
at a ceremony in June, with many family members and friends in
attendance. Davis started a $50,000 endowment to fund the award.
Each recipient will have the privilege of designating the endowment
income to a beneficiary of their choice, such as a not-for-profit
organization in Rochester or a group on campus. Smith plans to
divide the $2,500 award evenly among the following groups: The
Institute of Fellows, RIT Womens Council, RIT Nathaniel
Rochester Society scholarship, Family Service of Rochester and