Larry Smith ’73 passed away March 19 at the age of 70. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from Oregon College of Education and played defensive end on the OCE football team. Smith reportedly spoke fondly of OCE and credited his time there with making a positive impact on his life.
“He was very loyal to the football program and the university,” said Arne Ferguson, current WOU football coach. “He was the founder of the Gus Langley Endowment, and he sometimes came to the (athletic) auction and scholarship dinner. It was about connecting with the players and coaches.”
Smith and his wife, Diane, were benefactor-level donors ($100,000+) to WOU and created the Gus Langley Endowment in 1996. Smith also was involved with the current Gale Davis Athletic Fund Scholarship. He has been nominated for induction into the WOU Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, their daughters Tana (Kevin) Thomson, Amy (Jeff) Campbell and Haley (Mark) Cooper and six grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held March 24 in Salem.