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Hugh Heyne Smythe

ambassador , sociologist.

Hugh Heyne Smythe, American ambassador, sociologist.


Smythe, Hugh Heyne was born on August 19, 1913 in Pittsburgh. Son of William Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Barnhardt) Smythe.


Bachelor of Arts, Virginia State College, 1936. Master of Arts (scholar), Atlanta U., 1937. Doctor of Philosophy., Northwestern University, 1945.

Postgraduate Fisk U., 1938-1939, University of Chicago, 1940, Columbia, 1950-1951, Woodstock (Vermont) School (grantee American Friends Service Committee), 1950. Doctor of Laws, Virginia State College, 1968. Honor diploma JVEK Institute, Germany, 1968.


1 daughter, Karen Pamela. Researcher, administrative assistant American Youth communications of America Council Education, 1937-1938. Research assistant, instructor Fisk U., 1938-1939.

Research associate Atlanta U., 1942. Assistant director research Negro Land Grant College Cooperative Social Studies Project, also professor sociolgy Morris Brown U., 1944. Professor sociology Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial U., 1945-1946.

Deputy director special research N.A.A.C.P., 1947-1949. Director research W. B. Graham & Associates, New York City, 1949-1950. Visiting professor sociology and anthropology Yamaguchi National U., Japan, 1951-1953.

Professor sociology Brooklyn College of U. City New York, from 1953. Ambassador to Syria, 1965-1967, Malta, 1967-1969. Director research New York State Senate Finance Committee evaluation project State Commission Against Discrimination, 1956.

Social affairs officer United States Mission to United Nations, 1961-1962. Fulbright professor Chulalongkorn U., also adviser National Research Council, Thailand, 1963-1964. United Nations correspondent Eastern World and Africa Trade and Development (London), from 1964.

Visiting professor, special lecturer government, private orgns., universities, from 1950. Adviser, member delegations United States, other international orgns. and meetings, from 1957. Examiner, New York State Civil Service Commission, 1961-1965, New York City Board Education, 1970-1971, 73-74.

Director research project on benefits of school desegregation and integration for Fleischman committee New York State Commision on Quality, Cost and Financing of Education, 1971. Consultant Ford Foundation, Phelps Stokes Fund, United States Office Education, unites states department State, Congressional Black Caucus, National Council Churches of Christ (Middle East committee), Arab-Israeli Research and Relations (director), Massachusetts Institute Technology Sahel-Sudan Project, director, member executive, personnel committee, program committee and nat. council Executive Committee United Service Organizations, Near East Foundation, United Nations Association United States of America, Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Task Force on Africa. Board of directors African Student Aid Fund, International Center New York, Holy Land Center of New York, International Medical Research Foundation.

Trustee Luther College, Long Island U., Interfuture.


  • Author: (with W.E.B. DuBois) Negro Land Grant Colls. Social Studies Project, 1944. (with M.M. Smythe) New Nigerian Elite, 1960.

    (with L. Crow and W. Murray) Educating the Culturally Disadvantaged Child, 1966. (with H. Petersen, et al) Foreign Policy Decision Making: The New Dimensions, 1973. also pamphlets, articles, chapters in books.


Served with Army of the United States, World World War World War II. Fellow African Studies Association, Society Applied Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. Member Eastern Sociological Society, Association Asian Studies, African-American Scholars Council (director), Japan Society, American Association for Chinese Studies, United Nations Association United States of America (director), Institute Race Relations Great Britain, Siam Society, Operations Crossroads Africa (vice chairman, director.

Club: Union (Malta). Member editorial board Journal Human Relations, 1954-1970, Africa Today, 1955-1969, Sociological Abstracts, 1956-1969.


Married Mabel Hancock Murphy, July 26, 1939.

William Henry Smythe

Mary Elizabeth (Barnhardt) Smythe

Mabel Hancock Murphy