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From educating Central students to conducting dance and gymnastics classes for community children Delores Smith touched many lives during her approximately 32 years of service at the university.
The professor emeritus of physical education came to Central in 1965 as the first dance teacher ever hired by the institution. Her career was marked by many other firsts, including becoming the first dance resident in Missouri through the federally funded Artists in the Schools program, and the first Central faculty member to receive the Dance Scholar Award from the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation—Sport & Dance. She is the second person at Central to receive the Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Scholar Award.
Smith wrote many grants to bring national and regional dance companies to the university and to area schools. She taught evening, non-credit ballroom dance classes to area adults, choreographed and correlated with the department of music a number of concerts, workshops and dance residences, and since 1982 has conducted a dance and gymnastics program for community children.
Smith earned her doctorate and master’s degrees at Texas Woman’s University and her bachelor’s degree at Black Hills State University. Now devoting time to her award-winning horses, draft ponies, jacks, jennies and mules, she is married to Floyd Smith, and has three children, Bob and Jon Furrey and Kathryn Simmons.