Preston Smith Passes Away - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/18/03

Preston Smith Passes Away

Former governor Preston Smith died at the age of 91 on Saturday.

Smith died at about 5:30 Saturday evening. He had been in and out of consciousness since he was admitted to University Medical Center Wednesday morning.

The Lubbock Police Department honored the former hovernor with a motrocade procession Saturday evening.

Smith graduated from Texas Tech University in 1934. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1944, the Texas Senate in 1956, and Lieutenant Governor in 1962.

In 1968, Lieutenant Governor Preston Smith became Governor Smith. Smith served two terms as the Governor of Texas.

As Texas' 38th governor, he was known for wearing an assortment of polka-dot ties. Representative Delwin Jones was Smith's friend, and he remembers him as much more.

"He's one of the last of a special type. Preston was everybody's governor. He was the last governor to drive across the state and be successful at getting elected," says Jones.

Smith was dedicated to improving higher education. With his help, four new state schools were created, as well as two medical schools, a dental school, and a nursing school.

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