John M. Smartt Sr., director of UT Alumni Affairs from 1948 to 1969, died on Nov. 13, 2013, in Knoxville. Mr. Smartt was 94. After earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UT in 1942, he served as a U.S. Army officer during World War II. Following military service, he returned to UT and earned a law degree in 1948.
In addition to being an avid hiker, senior athlete, and an active participant in numerous community service organizations, Mr. Smartt was a loyal supporter of UT athletics. He was a charter member of the Lady Vols Boost-Her Club and served as head timer for the Vols swim teams from 1970-1978. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Harriet Chapin Smartt, in May 2013.