Jerry S. Smith

Pomona College was a very important part of my life and I continue to have fond and grateful memories about my experiences there. As a transition from a very isolated and restrictive family life to a world of art, literature, music, and a variety of cultures, Pomona was an important step for me and I often wonder how different my life might have been without that experience. For one whose major interests had been math and science I am fortunate to have been exposed to Bill Russell and Frederick Mulhauser and am grateful to Bill Wheaton for encouraging me to attend Pomona.

In addition to the education and lifelong friends, I met Carolyn Hurtt and we were married for nearly 30 years. From that came my two children, Alison and Brad, and now two grandsons, Chad and Jake. Carolyn had a severe stroke in 1995 and died in 1997.

I am now married to Nancy. Her two children and one grandson are now a part of our family. Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. We had a very difficult year, but she is doing well and we try to make the most of every day we are given.

My work life since Pomona has been an adventure. After a few years with Pacific Telephone, I went to work for a metal can manufacturer and spent many years in the packaging business, including owning a factory which made paper cans.

In 1976 after three years of night school, I received a Masters degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Chapman College in Orange. For twenty-five years I was in private practice in Orange County working with children, adolescents and families. It was in interesting and rewarding career, but like many others the onset of managed care took away much of my interest, and I fully retired last year.

I now spend my time playing golf, traveling with Nancy, and conducting some small business ventures on the side.

My life for the most part has been a wonderful adventure and I value my family and friends. I consider my years and experiences at Pomona one of the crossroads in my life and am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate.