University Mourns Loss of Graduate Ronnie Smith

Dec. 5, 2013

The university community is shocked and saddened by the death of Ronnie Smith in Benghazi. Ronnie was a proud Texas Ex who earned a master's degree in chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He was an enthusiastic and outgoing student. His death is a tragedy for the campus and our nation.

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512 471 3151.

2 Comments to "University Mourns Loss of Graduate Ronnie Smith"

1.  Najwa Shafei said on Dec. 5, 2013

Mr.Smith is the best teacher i've ever had in my entire life. I hated Libya after first moving here from living in America , but he always gave me hope and passion. He encouraged me to continue with my schoolwork and had an outstanding sense of humor. He was so positive and had so much trust and love for the Libyan people, and its shameful that we have had to let him down. I hope his wife and his son will know when he gets older how much we all love him and care for him and his death will not be in vein. "If I die, I will die for education." R.I.P., I'm so, so sorry you had to leave this way.

2.  John griffin said on Dec. 9, 2013

As a professor, I knew him as a grad student. God gave him a brilliant mind, wit, and smile. he used them all well. He has had a tremendous impact in Austin and Libya through his brief life. Though older than him, he taught me much about life... I miss him already.