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Museum director

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

Background

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.

Career

Director, Star of the Republic Museum, Washington, Texas, 1977-1987; director, Panhandle-Plains History Museum, Canyon, Texas, 1987-1991; executive director, Texas Energy Museum, Beaumont, Texas, since 1992. Field reviewer Institute Museum Superior vena cava syndrome, Washington, since 1985.

Works

  • Other Work

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

Membership

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.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: backpacking, canoeing, running.

Connections

Married Peggy Lou Bennett, March 9, 1974. Children: Jennifer Renee, Kenneth Ryan.

father:
David Earnest Smith

mother:
Helen Virginia (Armstrong) Smith

spouse:
Peggy Lou Bennett

children:
Kenneth Ryan Smith

Jennifer Renee Smith