Evelyn Smith – known by students as “Miss Smith”– taught in Whitworth’s religion and philosophy department for nearly four decades, from 1944 to 1981, but she never stopped serving. After her retirement, she accepted calls to serve the church both locally and nationally: she was a chairperson of the regional presbytery’s general council; a representative, on behalf of the church’s Alaska-Northwest Synod, to the national Program Agency board; and a delegate from Program Agency to the Council of Women in the Church.
Smith’s many contributions were recognized in 1989, when Whitworth President Arthur De Jong presented her with the Distinguished Lay Leader Award. Upon her passing, in 2007, theology professor Roger Mohrlang spoke of his and his wife’s affection and respect for Smith: “Dottie and I have warm memories of Evelyn as an extremely positive, kind, encouraging person. She loved Whitworth College and her church (Millwood Presbyterian), and was deeply committed to both.” Mohrlang recalled a long-ago conversation in which Smith reassured him that the college was in good hands: “‘Roger,’ she said at one point, with her trademark smile, ‘this college belongs to Christ – Christ’s people have been praying for it for years.’”