For 44 years, Father Francis “Fran” R. Smith, S.J. ’56 M.Div. ’70 taught at Santa Clara University as a professor of theology and religious studies. He recently celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Jesuit. An influential teacher, who taught a variety of theology and religious studies courses, Fr. Smith continued teaching even after retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2018. He also established the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, which has trained lay church personnel for almost 40 years. Father Smith died March 25, 2021, at the age of 86 and is survived by his brother, Michael Smith ’54, four nieces—including Monica Wahler ’91—a nephew, and nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


16 Jul 2021