Brother Matthew Smith, FSC, 84, retired Christian Brothers High School and Christian Brothers University teacher, passed away on Friday, November 27 at St. Francis Hospital. Brother Matthew, a native of Chicago, IL, began his teaching career at CBHS in 1948-1950. Thus, he began a life of teaching and school administration at the elementary, high school and college levels in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Winona, MN; Newport, KY; Quincy, IL; and Omaha, NE. Sprinkled through these assignments, he found time to pursue his Doctorate in Education at St. Louis University.
Brother Matthew returned to Memphis in 1990 where he became Dean of Admissions (1990-1993) and part-time teacher in the Chemistry department at CBU. In addition, he became a Director of the religious community of Christian Brothers on the University campus, a position he held at the time of his death. Brother Matthew retired from his active involvement in education in 1999, after 51 years in the classroom.
In retirement, Brother Matthew was able to devote his time to his special interests of camping and exploring nature. It was a pursuit that took him not only to the parks and byways of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas but also to more remote places such as Alaska, the Maritime Provinces, Iceland, and Antarctica. A life-long ham radio devotee (W4LBQ), Brother Matthew was in contact through the years with many people who shared his passion for exploration. He also remained in contact with many of his former CBHS students here in Memphis, and was a popular guest at many high school class reunions at the schools where he taught outside of Memphis.
Brother Matthew is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dolores Werr of Dallas, TX and Mrs. Carol Werr of Palm Springs, California.
The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at the Christian Brothers Stritch Chapel (2455 Avery) on Friday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will take place Thursday, December 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Christian Brothers Stritch Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Brother Matthew has requested that memorials be sent to the Christian Brothers Scholarship Fund c/o Christian Brother University, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104.