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Todd Smith '83 Remembered in Reid Hall

Among the many celebrations that marked the third week of May for the graduating seniors, one remembered an alumnus: the late Todd Smith ’83. On May 21, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications unveiled a display that celebrates Todd, who died in Peru in 1989, murdered by the Shining Path guerrillas and cocaine traffickers. A reporter for the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, Todd had already covered the Nicaraguan civil war; he had planned to investigate civil unrest in Peru while traveling there.

The display in Reid Hall features a framed selection of Todd’s stories from the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; a cartoon that he drew during his student days, when he worked at the Ring-Tum Phi; and a striking photo of Todd alongside a brief biography.

W&L also remembers Todd with a fellowship in his name; it supports a W&L student holding an internship at El Nuevo Herald, a newspaper in Miami, Fla.

Read more about Todd in this blog post from 2009.