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|Dr. Mary E. Boyer Smith '39|
Mary Boyer Smith or "Mary B" to thousands of students and her contemporaries, began her lifelong leadership career as the Cortland High School Salutatorian in 1928 where she grew up playing basketball and participating in track and field in 1927 and 1928.
A history major while at Hiram, she began teaching elementary education after only two years on the Hill. Balancing teaching and coaching high school athletics while continuing her studies at Hiram, Mary was preparing herself for what was to be one of her greatest strengths - versatility.
Mary's relationship with Hiram extends to her family with her brothers, William and Thomas graduating in 1940 and 1941, respectively, and her cousin, the late Betty Boyer Mitchell, also a graduate. In fact, Mary met her late husband, Joseph E. Smith at Hiram. It seemed only logical for Mary to serve as alumni secretary at Hiram in her spare time. Graduating in 1939, she headed for Youngstown State University, known then as Youngstown College, where she taught biology and was also an admission counselor. As Mary puts it, "I remember I was teaching biology and also purshing doorbells to recruit students. I tried to convince everyone that college might be a way out of the Great Depression. Boys were enrolling, but few girls. At that time, our rate was eight men to one woman." What a role model Mary B. was to those women who enrolled.
In the following years, she was assistant registrar, recorder, and Assistant Dean of Admissions. From 1947 to 1957, Mary was department head and professor of the physical education department and coordinator of the health and physical education department. In 1973, Mary was name director of the Career Planning and Placement Services.
She has served in various positions including President of the Board of Trustees for McGuffey Centre Inc., President of Youngstown Chapter/United Nations Association, Cooperative Campus Ministry Board, Youngtown Branch American Association of University Women, and Family Life Education Council. She has also given her time and talents as President of the Board of Trustees, Society for the Blind and Disabled, coordinator of the Diamond Jubilee of Youngstown State University, and is a charter member and past president of Altrusa Club of Youngstown.
In the midst of all this, Mary finished a Masters of Arts in Physical Education from The Ohio State University in 1947 and had an honorary Doctorate of Humanities conferred from YSU in 1951.
Mary Boyer Smith served as vice president of the Hiram Alumni Executive Board, organized many class reunions for the class of 1939 and created a scholarship in her late husband's name. Most recently, she has serviced as Co-chair and Chair of the Hiram College Golden Terriers.
Awards are not new to Mary - she already has the prestigious Heritage Award from Youngstown State University and an Outstanding Achievement award from Hiram College. We honor Mary for the cumulative impact of your lifelong dedication, not only to your academic roots, but to the branches of all of society.