Professor Charles E. Smith Retires

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Charles Smith

Charles E. Smith

A Fond Farewell to Charles E. Smith

Professor Charles E. Smith was showered by well-wishers during a retirement celebration on the evening of June 10, 2017, at the Doubletree Suites Hotel by Hilton. Dean Craig-Taylor and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations welcomed the exuberant guests – who filled the venue to capacity. Professor Brenda Reddix-Smalls lauded her predecessor for establishing an impressive and unshakable foundation in the areas of intellectual property, and patent and trade- mark law for countless students. Smith was also noted for trailblazing the field for African American lawyer’s in this area.

Guests speakers included former students, Stephen Redmon’87, senior legal advisor and organizational transformation coach, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC; Dale Davis ’04, executive counsel, Intellectual Property, GE Power-Gas Power System, Greenville, SC; and Robert Raynor, Jr. ‘81, a practicing attorney in New Bern, NC.  Each speaker described Smith as visionary, selfless, and generous of his time, means and wisdom. Those sentiments were echoed in compelling remarks from faculty members Irving Joyner and Fred Williams. Dean Craig-Taylor drew laughter from the room when she humorously gestured to Smith, that the law school would look forward to his return with the incoming new chancellor.

Professor Smith’s family and friends enjoyed an entertaining and festive evening filled with expressions of gratitude for his longstanding dedication, and contributions.