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I am sorry to hear of Mr. Smythe's passing. He was my sixth grade teacher and my favorite one out of all my school teachers. He remembered me long after I had left school and I will never forget him.


Posted by: Brenda Wymer-Maines - NC   Mar 03, 2013

I had Mr. Smythe in the 6th grade at Marion Elementary. He was then and remains today one of my favorite teachers - including my college professors. He taught us everything we needed to know from our textbooks and he made learning fun. He also never talked down to us, which was a big deal when you're 12-13 years old.

As it's now the holiday season, my thoughts are with Mr. Smythe's family. I hope it gives them some measure

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Posted by: P.E. Thomas - Los Angeles, CA - Student   Dec 08, 2012

Just heard of Mike's passing from Zeke and Feather Councilor. As has been stated by other Roanoke College fraternity brother's of Mikes, he was a class act. It was our privilege to have known him.


Posted by: Chuck Freeman - Jamestown, NM   Aug 20, 2012

Liz, I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He was my big brother in college, and I was devastated to learn that he had passed on. I always loved Mike, and I really regret that we lost contact over the years. I have sent you a letter.


Posted by: Jack Wade - Oakton, VA - Fraternity Brother   Aug 19, 2012

Liz, we just learned of Mike's passing. Dave is SO grateful that they had lunch together a month before his death. Our love and prayers and hugs are with you. We will stay in touch. God bless you, friend - Debbie and Dave Tanis, Salem, VA


Posted by: Debbie Tanis - Salem, VA   Aug 17, 2012

We just today heard the news of Mike's passing. We go back to the days of Roanoke College and have nothing but fond memories of Mike. He was such a fine and good person. We were better just knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you- DJ & Moe.


Posted by: Debbie and Steve Moses - Roanoke, VA - friends   Aug 17, 2012

I just heard about Mike's passing and I wanted to offer my condolences. We attended RC together and were fraternity brothers. He was a great Brother and an important friend at Roanoke.


Posted by: Richard Costello - Mansfield, TX   Aug 07, 2012

Mike and I were each others first roommate at Roanoke College. We immediately became best of friends, and I would have to say he was a big reason that I joined Pi Kappa Phi. As Sweetheart of the fraternity, Betty got to know all of the Pi Kaps well. I know she agrees with me that he was one of the best of us. I regret that the only time we saw Mike again was at a 20 year reunion.

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Posted by: Dennis and Betty Bowden - Virginia Beach, VA   Aug 07, 2012

The news of Mike's passing has just caught up with me, and I am greatly saddened. Our prayers are with Liz and the family and we know their wonderful memories of him, along with the beautiful tributes will help sustain them as they mourn the loss of one fine individual. Mike and I are Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity brothers from Roanoke College, and he was always the one brother with a level head, who would assess every situation and everyone

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Posted by: Ed and Debbie Bennett - Salem, VA - Fraternity Brother   Aug 07, 2012

Mike was a true gentleman. I saw Mike when we came to Marion, either at the golf course or the Wellness Center. I enjoyed watching him play basketball and he was always a class leader. Pete and I send our deepest sympathy.


Posted by: Susan Copenhaver - Berlin, MD   Jul 28, 2012