About Edward R. Smith

Edward Reaugh (pronounced "Ray") Smith, an Illinoisan transplanted to Texas at mid-century, husband, father, and grandfather, has had broad interests in life. Successful lawyer and businessman, amateur musician and athlete, his lifelong search for the deeper meaning of the Bible, which he taught for over twenty-five years before discovering the writings of Rudolf Steiner, expresses itself in his writings. Diversity was reflected early in Smith's life.

Born in 1932 and raised through high school in Flora, Illinois (pop. 5,000), he was a schoolboy athlete (lettering two years in three sports on championship teams, later playing one year of college football), musician (winning "first superior" rating in the eighth grade at the state piano competition, continuing that interscholastic competition and later giving his own solo recital), academic student (graduating as valedictorian of his one hundred twenty-one student class), and Bible student (delivering the message for the Easter sunrise service at his church).

This characteristic was noted by an article in his college newspaper that focused upon his championship participation on the intercollegiate debate team, and his writings won awards in the college magazine. By his twenty-fifth birthday, he was a licensed lawyer, certified public accountant, and honorably discharged two-year army veteran.

Smith became a Texan when his family moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1950. Soon his father's illness and death prompted the family to move back to Illinois, but Smith had met his then sixteen year-old future bride (Jo Anne Myers), enrolled in the local university, and stayed in Texas where he remains to this day. He and Jo Anne married in 1954. They have three children, all married with families and stable, successful careers.

Smith very actively practiced law from 1957 to 1984, primarily in the firm Smith, Baker, Field & Clifford, Inc., in Lubbock, Texas. In 1963, at the request of his church staff (Methodist) he and Jo Anne organized a newlywed Sunday School class which Smith taught regularly until he and Jo Anne bought their summer home near Lake City, Colorado, in 1988. Also in 1963 Smith had a spiritually inspirational near death experience. Coincidentally, the year 1988 is when Smith's search for deeper understanding of the Bible brought the work of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy to his attention.

As a young lawyer, he signed a substantial note in 1964 and bought the local perpetual care cemetery, upon which he promptly built a funeral home. From its modest beginnings, by the late 1980s, this combined operation had become the dominant funeral and burial facility in the Lubbock area. By 1984, its growth and the demands of its operation caused Smith to retire from his very successful law practice to devote himself to what had started as a sideline investment. The service aspect grew in importance to Smith as the business itself grew in its service to the community.

By 1993, realizing that none of his children wanted to devote their own lives to running the family business, and that it had already attracted widespread attention among the publicly held companies in the industry, the business was sold to a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. But during his years of law practice and business operation, after the necessities of family support were established, the diversity so characteristic of his youth again emerged. Athletically, he began distance running, culminating with the Boston Marathon in April, 1979. But even as that was occurring, he was again taking up the study of classical piano performance.

In March, 1982, to dedicate a new Steinway concert grand piano the Smiths were giving to the recital hall at Texas Tech University, he played Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with an orchestra composed of faculty and advanced students. Practicing six hours daily, he continued giving solo recitals until April 1984, when those demands could not be accommodated to the other needs of his life.

Interspersed with all of this, from the beginnings of his law practice he was involved not only in various other business and financial investments and activities but also in numerous positions of civic, community and political activity. But from the time of his discovery of Steiner, he has devoted most of his time and effort to the study and writing that constitute his present work: bringing the insights from Steiner's vast ocean of intuitive revelations to bear upon a deeper understanding of the Bible's essential message.

Today his main recreational diversion occurs from mid-May through mid-October when he and Jo Anne are in his beloved San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where they have gone together for over forty-five years. His greatest love there is the all-day hike he takes with companions one day each week.

For many years Smith has been listed in Marquis' Who Who in America.

Edward R. Smith's Music Career

Smith's collaboration on the artistic recreation of Christ's Resurrection

 
Edward R. Smith's Music Career