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Memoir

Aaron Smith
Regent's Proceedings 765

Aaron Smith, Professor of Education and Professor of Communication, has retired from active status as of May 31, 1986, after nineteen years of service. Professor Smith came to The University of Michigan as an associate professor of speech in 1967. Prior to that time he was an associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Professor Smith received his B.A. degree from Brooklyn College in 1949 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yeshiva University in 1951 and 1958, respectively. He served postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford University, 1959-60, and at Columbia University, 1960-61.

His initial assignment at The University of Michigan was to open a neuropsychological clinic within the section of speech and hearing sciences of the Medical School. Through his efforts, standardized assessment procedures for testing aphasic patients and for systematically evaluating the effects of speech and language therapy on aphasics treated in the residential aphasic clinic were developed. Professor Smith received numerous research grants to further his research on brain injury in children and adults. A prolific writer and energetic scholar, Professor Smith played a central role in founding the International Neuropsychological Society. He served as executive board member and president of this society and edited its research bulletin for several years. In 1980, members of the executive board presented him with the first Distinguished Service Award.

Known for his research in the areas of hemispherectomy and for disorganization and reorganization of the human brain, Professor Smith's writings continue to influence scientific inquiry and clinical investigations. Throughout his distinguished career, he always put the needs of his patients and students first. His students hold important research and educational positions throughout the world. In all his endeavors, Professor Smith has been a capable and valuable representative of The University of Michigan. The Regents salute this distinguished educator for his service to the University by naming Aaron Smith Professor Emeritus of Education and Professor Emeritus of Communication.