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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 2, Number 9 (June 1901)

Exercises of commencement week,   pp. 368-370

Page 368

Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
  James S. Smith was the son of Gen. George B. Smith, for years
a prominent lawyer of Madison, and Eugenia Weed 'Smith. He
was born at Hackettsville, now known as Marshall, Wis., July 4,
1845. His parents removed in the same year to Madison, where
all of his life has been spent.
  At an early age his great talent for music was noticeable, and he
was sent to New York to study the piano under such teachers as
S. B. Mills. Here, however, he applied himself too closely to his work,
and a weakness of the wrist blighted the promising career that
seemed to lie before him. In spite of this obstacle, he became a
most proficient musician, with a wonderful delicacy of touch and
a keen appreciation of the masters of music.  He was also an able
instructor in his chosen field, and when the University School of
Music was formed he became one of its staff. At about this time,
in 1895, he married Mrs. Mary Brooks Campbell.
  Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in company with Major and Mrs. F. W.
Oakley, had just completed a tour of Europe, which included a
prolonged visit to Egypt and other Mediterranean countries. Never
robust, he at times suffered from poor health, but still thoroughly
enjoyed the trip.
  Mr. Smith leaves, besides a wife, a sister, Mrs. R. J. McConnell,
and three nieces, Misses Clara and Emily McConnell, and Mrs. J. E.
Ball of Marquette.
  The funeral services were held from the re'sidence May 22nd,
Rev. B. B. Bigler officiating.
  The executive committee of the Alumni Association has nearly
completed the arrangements for the part to be taken by the alumni
in the exercises of commencement week. As usu'al, Wednesday of
that week (June 19th) will be set apart as Alumni Day.
  The business meeting of the association will be held at Univer-
sity Hall at 9:30 A. M. sharp. It is important that alumni should
be present at this meeting on time, as there is much business to be
transacted, and many class reunions are to be held after the gen-
. [June

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