Longtime educator Wallace Smith passes at 101

Longtime educator Wallace Smith passes at 101
Longtime educator Wallace Smith passes at 101(Source: WTVY)
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:25 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - He is best remembered as an educator, but Wallace Smith also had an impressive resume of other accomplishments.

Smith, who died Wednesday at 101, was a longtime teacher who became the first black principal of Ashford High School. His other roles membership on a municipal regulatory board and longtime advisor to youth career opportunities.

“Wallace was a man of integrity. He treated everyone equally. He loved his community and served unselfishly,” said his friend Dr. Mike Tew, who served with Smith on the Dothan Citizens Supervisory Committee.

Smith will also be remembered man who peacefully pursued civil rights in his trademark way—quietly yet effectively.

“He was the right person at the right time because he had a calming presence and, above all, he treated everybody the same respect,” remembers Houston County Superintendent David Sewell.

Smith graduated from Alabama State University and earned a master’s degree at Tuskegee University. He also served in World War II.

“(Wallace) was an example of service for everyone to follow. He has always encouraged me personally,” Dr. Tew told WTVY. .

Funeral services will be announced.

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