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researcher , History educator

Duane Allan Smith, American history educator, researcher. Huntington (California) Library. fellow, 1968, 73, 78; recipient Fred H. Rosenstock award Denver Westerners, 1987; named Colorado Humanist of the Year, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, 1989, Colorado Professor of the Year 1990, Rodman Paul award, 1992.


Smith, Duane Allan was born on April 20, 1937 in San Diego, California, United States. Son of Stanley W. and Ila B. (Bark) Smith.


Bachelor, University Colorado, 1959. Master of Arts, University Colorado, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University Colorado, 1964.


Professor of history, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, since 1964.



The Covenant is the means of grace by which the relationship with God is accepted and then sustained. It is therefore not so much about getting in to a relationship with God as it is about staying in it.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Chairman La Plata County Democratic Committee, Durango, 1984-1985. Member Colorado Centennial Commission, 1974-1976, Durango History Preservation Commission, 1989-1991, Durango History Preservation Board, since 1991, Gary Hart Campaign La Plata County, 1974, 80, 84. Member Society for American Baseball Research, Mining History Association (presiding chairman 1989-1990, president 1994-1995), Western History Association (council 1985-1988), Colorado History Society.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing, jogging, gardening, jeeps.


Married Gay Woodruff, August 20, 1960. 1 child, Laralee Ellen.

Stanley W. Smith

Ila B. (Bark) Smith

Gay Woodruff

Laralee Ellen Smith