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Retired Faculty Association

Charley Smyth Fund


As one of its goals, the Health Sciences  RFA has committed to raise funds for the UCD Health Sciences Library.  This fund will be used at the discretion of the Director of the Health Sciences Library to support operations.

Due to the meager level of state funding it receives, the Health Sciences Library struggles to maintain the range and depth of information resources required by the many specialized programs of the campus.  In planning for its move to the Anschutz Medical Campus it seeks to become one of the top 10 health sciences institutions in the nation.  This will increase demands for library resources as the campus enters into new areas of research and clinical specialization.  State funding will not keep pace with the aspirations of the campus, underlining the library's increasing dependence upon private donors.  The support and generosity of retired faculty will make all the difference in ensuring the success of the library and the Health Science programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Because of his enthusiastic dedication to the health science library and his energetic efforts to raise funds for library projects, we have elected to name this fund for the late Charley Smyth.  See notes below for more information about Charley Smyth.

You may contribute to this fund by writing a check payable to to the CU Foundation.  Write on the check that it is for the The Charley Smyth Library Endowment (#0254188) and mail the check to:

University of Colorado Foundation
1380 Lawrence St, Suite 1325
Denver, CO   80204

"Charley Smyth, M.D. was born February 7, 1909, on a cotton plantation in Mart, Texas, Dr. Smyth received his undergraduate and graduate medical training from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Penn.

Came to CU in 1949

"He came to the CU School of Medicine in 1949 as assistant director of the Graduate Education Office. In 1950, he established the Division of Rheumatology and served as its head for 24 years. Dr. Smyth is credited with training many of the rheumatologists in the Rocky Mountain Region and instructing many general internists and family medicine physicians in the area of rheumatic diseases.

"Despite a busy life in academic medicine with administrative, teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Smyth always maintained a strong involvement in direct patient care," said William P. Arend, MD, professor of medicine and head of the CU Division of Rheumatology. "He was a kind and thoughtful physician who earned the love and respect of his patients through his dedication to the highest principles of medicine."

Significant Contributions

"Throughout his career, Dr. Smyth made significant research contributions and worked toward further understanding the mechanisms of rheumatic diseases. He contributed 120 articles to the medical literature on the cause and treatment of rheumatic diseases.

"He was a pioneer in the fight against arthritis and dedicated his life to raising money for arthritis research and training. After retiring in 1974, he continued to work toward finding a cure for these debilitating diseases.

"Dr. Smyth was one of the founders of both the National and the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the Arthritis Foundation and was president of the regional chapter from 1978 to 1980. He was a member of the American Rheumatism Association, the national professional organization for rheumatologists, since 1940 and served as its president in 1960. He was an active member of the American College of Physicians and served as its governor for the State of Colorado from 1960 to 1967. Dr. Smyth was president of the Colorado Society of Internal Medicine in 1957 and was named "Colorado Internist of the Year" by the society in 1971.

Many Honors

"He received many honors and awards throughout his lifetime, including a Commendation for Exceptional Service from President Gerald Ford in 1976. He was one of only a few physicians in the United States to carry the title of Master, an honor given to him by both the American College of Physicians in 1974 and the American College of Rheumatology in 1987. He was honored by the Arthritis Foundation in 1975 with a Volunteer Service Citation and in 1981 with the Harding Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award the organization bestows.

"Dr. Smyth also was recognized by CU for his extraordinary achievements, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1988 and the Joseph Addison Sewall Award in 1995 for his exceptional contributions to the University of Colorado Denver. An endowed chair in rheumatology research has been established in his name at the medical school."(1)

Charley Smyth is fondly remembered by members of the UCD Health Sciences Retired Faculty Association.  He was always a good friend - positive and enthusiastic.  When there was need to raise funds for the HSC he energetically volunteered to lead the project and he was always successful.  He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Library.

1. From Charley Smyth obituary in UCD Bridge January 26 1998