American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Oliver M. Smart, 1886-1967

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1967



Oliver Smart joined the Club in 1923 during the middle of a climbing career which had taken him to the Andes, the Alps, Selkirks, and finally Japan and China. After graduating from Yale with a degree in electrical engineering in 1907, he worked for General Electric Co. In World War I he was a radio officer in the Army Air Corps in the days of wood and fabric and no parachutes. He later worked for American Telephone and Telegraph Co. In 1938 he went into the Naval Inspection Service as an aeronautical engineer, from which he retired at quite a late age. His hobbies were, after his climbing years, "good living, group singing and outdoor sports, particularly hiking, skiing and skating.” He was a quiet, modest, reserved individual, not active in the Club, but until recently regular in his attendance at the annual meeting and dinner, coming down from his home at the foot of Camel’s Hump in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Henry S. Hall, Jr.

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