Loran Smith (ABJ ‘62)

Loran Smith is a native of Wrightsville, Ga. and a 1962 graduate of the University of Georgia where he captained the 1960 Bulldog track team.  He was named MVP his senior year.  While on campus, he was sports editor and circulation manager of the Red and Black and was also sports editor of the Athens Banner-Herald while earning a degree in Journalism.

At the University of Georgia, he has worked as assistant sports information director, business manager of athletics and executive director of the Georgia Bulldog Club.  He created Georgia’s pre-game Tailgate Show and the Head Coach’s locker room show.  A long time columnist for the Banner-Herald, his column runs in more than 20 papers throughout the state.  His syndicated weekly radio show, “Sports Conversations,” is heard on approximately 50 stations in Georgia.  He has authored or co-authored several books including:

•    Glory Glory
•    Dooley’s Dawgs
•    Fifty Years on the Fifty
•    Between the Hedges
•    Let a Dead Horse Rest
•    Let the Big Dawg Eat
•    Finish the Drill
•    Beloved Dawgs
•    Wally’s Boys
•    The Athens Sketchbook
•    The Georgia Football Vault
•    The Georgia-Florida Football Rivalry Vault
•     Let the Big Dawg Eat Again

A past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, he was elected to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Smith is married to the former Myrna Warren (BSED '62, MED '64) of Covington, Ga. and they have two children, Camille (AB '93) and Kent (ABJ '92).  They have four grandchildren, Alex, Zoe, Sophie and Penny.

The University of Georgia Alumni Association
298 S. Hull St., Wray-Nicholson House
Athens, GA 30602-6372 USA
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