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Robert Smiddy Receives Honorary Doctorate


Dr. James Taylor (right), president of University of the Cumberlands presents Robert Smiddy (left) with an honorary doctorate.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - Robert Smiddy received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the University of the Cumberlands on September 11, during a special convocation service at the university's Gatliff Chapel.

Smiddy, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee, and received a master's degree in religious education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also studied at Southwestern Baptist and Union Theological Seminaries.

Smiddy was in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in combat in Germany and in occupation duty in Japan. While in Germany, he realized that he could die at any time and decided to commit his life to God.

He was ordained into the gospel ministry in 1957, and served as minister of education and administration at churches in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia until his retirement in 1988. He also served at church staff interim at two churches in Virginia until his second retirement in 2001.

Smiddy now resides in Palm Harbor, Fla., with his wife, Blanche. The Smiddys are parents of a daughter, Carol, and two sons, Bob and Tom, and have a grandson, Andrew.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.