A Family Affair

During a campus visit in 1994, retired Cmdr. Tom Smith, U.S.N. ’75 and Laura (Gyle) Smith ’84 introduced their 6- and 3-year-old sons to now Holy Cross President Emeritus Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., ’49 and Rev. William O’Halloran, S.J., as members of the Class of 2010 and 2013.

Afterwards, Thomas Smith snapped this photo (top right) of little Stephen (left) and Michael on the steps of the Dinand Library.

Fifteen years later, the elder Smith took another photo (bottom right), just after moving his sons into their residence hall rooms on Mount St. James this fall, to “commemorate their journey to Holy Cross.” English major Stephen Smith ’10 spent his junior year abroad at Mansfield College, Oxford, and has now begun his last year on the Hill. Michael Smith ’13 joined his brother this fall.

Their father explained another connection his family shares at their alma mater: “Both Michael and Stephen are midshipmen in the NROTC unit (my influence—I taught Naval science there from 1981 to 1983), and both are members of the College Choir, just like their mother,” he says, continuing, “I couldn’t make up a better Holy Cross story.”

We agree.