Eugene Loyd “Gene” Smith

Eugene Loyd “Gene” Smith

Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Death 8 Sep 1997 (aged 64)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 94
Memorial ID 51115475 · View Source
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He was a swimmer for SMU. But that all changed when he contracted Polio.

A sponsor gave him a great break in his life by giving him a full scholarship to SMU. Gene had also been gifted with a photographic memory. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1955 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1958. He later graduated from Columbia University with a Doctorate.

Gene served as Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech, and the University of Houston.
During his career his most notable accomplishment was the important role he played in drafting the Family Code, particularly his provisions on the parent-child relationship. Through his writings, classes and discussion forums he influenced many attorneys in Family Law. His efforts led to continuing legal education programs at the State Bar's Family Law Section.

Gene had many falls in his life because of Polio but he also had a great ride.

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!'" — Hunter S. Thompson from the book Hell's Angels

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"The ride was worth the falls"

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  • Maintained by: Joe Bagley
  • Originally Created by: Robert Hague
  • Added: 15 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51115475
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Loyd “Gene” Smith (1 Aug 1933–8 Sep 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51115475, citing Washington Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Joe Bagley (contributor 47811186) .