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Gerald Arthur Smith

Gerald Arthur Smith, museum director. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient American Educators medal Freedoms Foundation, 1963; special award Indian Affairs Conference of California History Societies, 1971.


  • Smith, Gerald Arthur was born on June 5, 1915 in Gravette, Arkansas, United States. Son of George A. and Mary Grace (Knox) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Redlands, 1937. Master of Arts, University Redlands, 1939. Doctor of Education, University Southern California, 1953.


    • Teacher junior high school, Bloomington, California, 1937-1940. Coach of freshmen University Redlands, 1937-1938. Teacher adult education Colton (California) High School, 1938-1940.

      Teaching principal Warm Springs Elementary School, San Bernardino, California, 1940-1941. District superintendent Warm Springs School District, 1941-1943. Adviser Veterinary's Guidance Center, San Diego, 1945.

      Coordinator Veterinary's Guidance Center, San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, 1945-1946. District superintendent Bloomington (California) School District, 1946-1966. Associate superintendent, then district superintendent Colton Joint Unified School District, 1966-1971.

      Director San Bernardino County Museums, Redlands, 1971-1983. Visiting professor education University Redlands, University California, Riverside, 1955. Consultant cultural resources and museum, since 1984.


    • Contributor articles in history and anthropology to professional journals. Project director, member various archeological expeditions, ethnological studies.


    Board directors, secretary-treasurer Bloomington Park and Recreation District. Board directors Arrowhead area council Boy Scouts American, Arrowhead United Fund, American Red Cross, Bloomington, Young Men’s Christian Association, San Bernardino. Coordinator San Bernardino County Information Center, California Archeological Inventory.

    Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945. Member Society California Archeology, California Conference History Societies (president), American Association Museums, California Association Museums (vice president), American Association State and Local History, Pacific Coast Archaeol. Society, National Education Association, American Association School Administrators, Association Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association Childhood Education, American Legion (past commander Bloomington post), San Bernardino County History Society (past president), San Bernardino County Museum Association (executive director, past president), Southern California Archeological Survey Association (past president), Society Professional Archeology, California Association Museum (vice president).


    • Married Maxine McGowan, June 17, 1938. Children: Jerilynn, Geoffrey, Meredith, David.
    • father: George A. Smith
    • mother: Mary Grace (Knox) Smith
    • spouse: Maxine McGowan
    • children: Jerilynn Smith
    • Geoffrey Smith
    • Meredith Smith
    • David Smith
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    Died February 27, 2001
    (aged 85)
    • 1937
      University Redlands
    • 1939
      University Redlands
    • 1953
      University Southern California
    • 1937 - 1940
      Teacher, junior high school
      Bloomington, Illinois, United States
    • 1937 - 1938
      coach of freshmen University Redlands
    • 1938 - 1940
      teacher, adult education Colton (California) High School
    • 1940 - 1941
      teaching principal Warm Springs Elementary School
      San Bernardino, California, United States
    • 1941 - 1943
      district superintendent Warm Springs School District
    • 1945
      adviser Veterinary's Guidance Center
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1945 - 1946
      coordinator, Veterinary's Guidance Center
      San Bernardino, California, United States
    • 1946 - 1966
      district superintendent Bloomington (California) School District
    • 1966 - 1971
      associate, superintendent
    • 1971 - 1983
      director, San Bernardino County Museums
      Redlands, California, United States
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