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English language educator

Gary Charles Smith, American English language educator. Rhodes scholar, Merton College, 1974-1976; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1984-1985.


Smith, Gary Charles was born on April 30, 1952 in Ozark, Alabama, United States. Son of William Henry Junior and Ramona Page (Nichols) Smith.


AB, Wake Forest University, 1974. Bachelor of Philosophy, Oxford University, England, 1976. Master of Arts, University Virginia, 1977.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Virginia, 1979.


Associate professor English Rice University, Houston, since 1979.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Original Sin, Original Virtue, 1986, (children's books) When is Daddy Coming Home, 1986 (Caldecott medal), The Little Parrot That Lived in the Hotel, 1982. Contributor articles to professional journals. Free-lance reviewer New York Times Book Review, New York City, since 1979.


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 Church must be self-critical before it presumes to be critical of others.


The sense of being connected is how the Church as a whole should be structured. At its heart is an understanding of the Christian community as the 'body of Christ '.


Organist 1st Presbyterian Church, Houston, since 1982. Patron Houston Grand Opera, since 1982. Bd.d irs. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, 1983.

Member Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association (secretary 1982-1983), Sigma Delta Chi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta (president 1973-1974). Clubs: University, Houston Country.


William Henry Smith Junior

Ramona Page (Nichols) Smith