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David Ryan Smith

David Ryan Smith, museum director. Named Outstanding Alumnus Harding University, 1987.


  • Smith, David Ryan was born on April 23, 1952 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Son of David Earnest and Helen Virginia (Armstrong) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in American Studies, Harding University, 1974. Master of Arts in History, University Texas, 1979.


    • Director Star of the Republic Museum, Washington, 1977-1987, Panhandle-Plains History Museum, Canyon, 1987-1991. Executive director Texas Energy Museum, Beaumont, since 1992. Field reviewer Institute Museum Services, Washington, since 1985.


    • Chairman Texas Antiquities Committee, 1990-1992. Member Summerlee Commission on Texas History, 1989-1992.


    Party affiliation: member Church of Christ.


    Denomination: Church of Christ


    Board directors Edison Plaza Museum, Beaumont, Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau. Member community advisory council Mobil Refinery. Chairman Beaumont History Conference.

    Commander Spindletop Centennial Celebration State Commission. Member American Association Museum (surveyor museum assessment program), Texas State History Association, Texas Association Museum (council 1979-1981, 84-86), Center Texas Museum Association (chairman 1979-1981, 84-86), Southeast Texas Museum Association (treasurer 1995-2000), Rotary.



    Backpacking, canoeing, running.


    • Married Peggy Lou Bennett, March 9, 1974. Children: Jennifer Renee, Kenneth Ryan.
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    Born April 23, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      Harding University
    • 1979
      University Texas
    • 1977 - 1987
      Director, Star of the Republic Museum
      Washington, United States
    • 1987 - 1991
      Director, Star of the Republic Museum
      Canyon, Texas, United States
    • 1992
      executive, director Texas Energy Museum
      Beaumont, Texas, United States