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Robert Freeman Smith, American history professor. Knapp fellow in history University Wisconsin, 1957; Tom L. Evans research fellow Harry S. Truman Library., Independence, Missouri, 1976-1977, Mexican Ministry Foreign Relations fellow, 1991-1992.


Smith, Robert Freeman was born on May 13, 1930 in Little Rock. Son of Robert Freeman and Emma Martha Gottlieb (Buerkle) Smith.


Bachelor, University Arkansas, 1951. Master of Arts, University Arkansas, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1958.


Instructor, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1953;assistant professor, Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, 1958-1962;associate professor, U. Rhode Island, Kingston, 1962-1966;associate professor, U. Connecticut, Storrs, 1966-1969;professor of history, U. Toledo, 1969-1986;distinguished university professor, U. Toledo, since 1986. Visiting professor University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1966-1967.



Retired Colonel 7th History Detachment, Ohio Military Reserve 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1953-1955. Member Society Historians of America Foreign Relations, Society Military History, United States Naval Institute, Ohio Academy History, Southern History Association, Organization American Historians, Association United States Army, State Guard Association of the United States, American Legion, Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Army History Foundation, Institute Land Warfare, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: photography.


Married Alberta Vester, February 1, 1951 (deceased 1985). Children: Robin Ann, Robert Freeman III. Married Charlotte Ann Coleman, September 9, 1985.

Robert Freeman Smith

Emma Martha Gottlieb (Buerkle) Smith

Alberta Vester

Charlotte Ann Coleman

Robin Ann Smith

Robert Freeman III Smith