About Harry de Forest Smith

Harry de Forest Smith

Harry de Forest Smith was born January 22, 1869. He was graduated from Bowdoin in 1891 and received his M.A. degree from Harvard in 1896. He studied at the University of Berlin in 1896-97 and taught a year at the University of Pennsylvania and a year at Bowdoin before coming to Amherst as Associate Professor of Greek in 1901. In 1903 he was appointed full professor. In 1935 he also was appointed Director of Converse Memorial Library, which position he held until his retirement in 1939. He died February 28, 1943. The scholarship that we offer in his name was given by alumni and friends of Harry de Forest Smith in the early 1940s ". . . to provide a fitting recognition of Professor Smith's services to the College and to encourage able students to continue the study of Greek at Amherst. Professor Smith has himself often spoken of the value of similar prizes offered in the English universities."

The Rare Books Room of Frost Library owns a collection of Greek letter printing, which Professor Harry de Forest Smith presented upon his retirement in 1939. It is a broad representation of the various styles of Greek letter printing.