A Tribute to AH Smith

We celebrate the life of

AH Smith

Kearsney College 1933 – 1946

In gratitude Arthur Herbert Smith is acknowledged on the

Kearsney Legacy Society Honours Board

in the Sir Liege Hulett Room for remembering Kearsney in his Will.

His philanthropy contributes to the betterment of the world

through his support of the work of Kearsney College.

Arthur Herbert Smith – Bertie, for short. Modesty and liberality are key-notes of “Berties” character and both qualities spring from the same source, the two great Christian commandments, Thou Shall love the Lord thy God, and Thou shalt love thy neighbour. Living with simply economy himself there is no hint of the same principle being applied to his relations with his fellow-men but only he and his devoted Secretary, Miss Pickering know the extent of his liberality to worthy causes and to individuals who need a helping hand. That he has much to give may be undeniable but many who have treasures on earth are loth to part with them. That he gives so much is we feel simply explained by the fact that he lives the Christian Faith that is so dear to him and he wants to make it real to others.

Other qualities that endear AH Smith to those who know him are his courage, his sense of humour and his unfailing interest in young people. For years he has suffered under increasing afflictions of deafness and failing eyesight ye he has never lost his zest for life or his love of a joke or his desire to know all that is going on in a school like Kearsney. Although unable to enjoy the society of others, he by no means lives alone, for he maintains a vast correspondence with all sorts of people both in this country and abroad. It is the remarkable tribute to the spirit within the man.

We at Kearsney have a tremendous lot for which to thank him. There is hardly a department of the School’s activities which does not owe him much. All that we can give him in return is our most grateful thanks, our prayers and our friendship. But we have no doubt that the reward that is nearest to his heart is the knowledge that what he does for Kearsney is service for the rising generation by making the School better able to perform its task of preparing its young charges for the life that lies ahead of them.

Chronicle December 1946