Dr. Milo Smith Memorial

Milo Smith Tower Theatre.
2nd Floor McConnell Hall
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA

MILO SMITH, PhD 1925-2012, CWU Distinguished Emeritus Faculty, served Central Washington University and the Theatre Arts Department for 34 years (1956-1989) as founder and chair of the department. He produced 55 shows, including Broadway musicals and operas, and initiated the first children's theatre tour at CWU. His vision and leadership as project manager and designer resulted in the 1980 construction of the department's black box theatre, which was officially named in his honor the Milo Smith Tower Theatre on Nov, 13, 2003. Dr. Smith and wife Helen have continued to support the theatre department both as loyal patrons and contributors. Until recently they  performed You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water is Running with all proceeds benefiting the Theatre Arts Department scholarships.

Born on February 13, 1925 in Spokane, Smith came to Central Washington College of Education in 1956, after earning his PhD at Stanford University and teaching speech and drama at Dallas (Oregon) High School. He remained on the faculty for 34 years, until his retirement in 1989.

Smith was also a member of the Ellensburg Noon Rotary Club for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters Shannon Brannon, of Seattle, and Kerry Slaughter, Ellensburg; son Kevin Smith of Edmonds, and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to CWU’s Milo Smith Theatre History Scholarship in care of Brookside Funeral Home 101 East 2nd Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Event Type: 
Faculty & Staff