If the measure of a man is the respect he’s earned in his community, Dr. Wallace L. Smith should have been 10 feet tall.
Smith, who died last week at 101, spent almost half his life as an educator serving students in our area, with decades as the first African-American principal of Ashford High School before his retirement in 1984. His gentle demeanor and calm rationality was invaluable during the turbulent years of school integration, and his wise counsel was sought by many, leading to his involvement in numerous initiatives of consequence in efforts to improve the quality of life in the Dothan-Houston County area. The centenarian spent his entire life in our community except when he served his country in World War II. His contributions will endure for generations to come.
Catch the latest in Opinion
Get opinion pieces, letters and editorials sent directly to your inbox weekly!