Dorothy J. Smith, 91, a longtime Lexington music teacher who donated $1 million to endow a concert series at Transylvania University, died Friday.
Mrs. Smith created the Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series in 2007 to bring high-quality musical performances to Transylvania each year. "Her endowed concert series has brought world-class performers to campus for free concerts and master classes for students," Transylvania spokeswoman Sarah Emmons said in a statement. "Over 5,000 people in the Transylvania community, Lexington and the region have had the opportunity to attend these phenomenal concerts for free, thanks to Mrs. Smith's kindheartedness."
Mrs. Smith, a native of Hutchinson, Kan., was a 1942 graduate of Transylvania; her late husband, Fred, was a 1940 graduate.
She also created a $200,000 endowed scholarship at Transylvania in honor of her late daughter. The Sharon Sue Smith Memorial Scholarship is awarded to first-year students, with a preference given to music students.
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Mrs. Smith taught music in the Fayette County public schools for 25 years and at the Lexington School for four years. Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.