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Oct 092013
 

Tom Smith passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, from complications of a long illness.
Tom, his wife Michele Smith and their family moved from Bloomington, Ind., to Holbrook in 1987, and lived there until moving to Nevada in 2002.
His 15 years in Holbrook left indelible impressions on many residents. The Smiths came as Baha’i “pioneers,” individuals who move where there are a small number or no members of the Baha’i faith living. He was a founding member of the first Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly in Holbrook.
Tom served as a teacher and librarian in the Holbrook Junior High School and Hope School at the Juvenile Detention Center. He had also been a librarian at Northland Pioneer College at the Winslow campus. Previously, he taught high school English from 1981-1985 at the Colegio Americano de Guatemala in Central America. From 2005 until his death, he taught English at the Coral Academy of Science in Reno.
In the 1990s he and his wife began operating a foster care group home for teenagers. He and Michele also opened their home to gatherings of dozens of northeastern Arizona residents to share hospitality and promote Baha’i teachings of unity in diversity and the Oneness of the whole human family.
Survivors include his wife, Michele; three children; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.