Local Obituaries

Music teacher who donated $1 million to Transy for concert series dies

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.

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.