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David Howard Smith (1900-87)

David Howard Smith was born at Great Harwood, Lancashire. He was educated at Accrington Grammar School and trained at Victoria Park and Manchester University for the ministry of the United Methodist Church. He served as a missionary in North China from 1924 to 1948 and then returned to England where he spent ten years on the staff of Manchester University.

Smith was a brilliant linguist and possessed a great knowledge of Chinese philosophy, culture and religion. His publications included The Wisdom of the Taoist Mystics (1980) and articles in many academic publications.

Smith superannuated in 1963 and retired from the University in 1966. His last years were spent in Cornwall.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1988

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