The 2017 recipient of the Alumni Citation for Excellence in Economics, Dr. Marvin M. “Marty” Smith is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His athletic citation appears below:
Marty Smith holds a unique place in Washington College history. He is the first member of the Black race to represent the tenth oldest institution in the United States on a major athletic team.
Marty Smith was an outstanding performer in cross country, basketball and track–earning most valuable player honors and standing as captain in all three sports.
In cross country, he was the top runner in 1965 and 1966, setting the Washington College course record and three other course marks.
The leading scorer on the basketball court in his senior year, 1966-67, he was among the top scorers in Maryland from his play maker guard position. He was selected to the First Team All-Tournament at the North-South Fiesta Tournament in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He also received All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors.
During a track meet, Smith would compete in as many as seven individual events–the 200, 440, 440 intermediate hurdles, long jump, triple jump, 880 and two-mile–plus the relays. In 82 total events, he had 47 victories and set the school record in the 880 with a time of 1:58.2.
As dynamic in the classroom as in athletic competition, Smith was a Dean’s List student, twice was vice-president of his class, and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.
He received the Clark-Porter Medal for enhancing the quality of campus life, and the Eldridge L. Eliason Award for athletic and scholastic standing.
After graduation, Marty received both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Economics from Cornell University. In 1980, he was selected as one of the most outstanding Black Americans in the field of economics by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. He was previously employed at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office and currently works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.