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Remembering Donald C. Smith 1926-2019, Founding Editor of the Journal of School Psychology

Ohio has one of the longest and most significant histories in school psychology (Fagan, 2012). The sheer length of that history makes it easier for us to never know of, or to forget, the Ohio roots of many accomplishments in our field. I suspect that few in our field have much recollection of Donald Smith; and there may not be many still active in school psychology who were mentored by Smith when he was directing the school psychology program at Ohio State University in the 1960s. I was trained at Kent State University at that time and knew of Smith, but I don’t think I had ever met him. He directed the Ohio State program which was the “big dog” among several programs then operating in Ohio.

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