John W. Smurr

May 6, 1922October 21, 2012

John W. Smurr was born on May 6, 1922 and passed away on October 21, 2012 in Hughson, CA.


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John Badgley

October 19, 2013

Sharing brunch with a dozen classmates was not the ideal way to catch up on this past year, but we got in a few digs and laughs that enriched my life, and that was what Bill did best with students, colleagues and old friends. I graduated to that last status during our email years together, even though many miles separated us. I look forward to seeing you when next you come this way.

November 4, 2012

John Badgley

November 4, 2012

Dear Peggy,
You both enriched the lives of thousands. I know your memories of six decades together will keep you charged for years to come. Bill was always on the frontier, his favorite place. We shared that dream. Much love,

Marjorie Sanchez Walker

October 28, 2012

I did not know Professor Smurr well, but I admired him very much for his many contributions to academia. He was far ahead of his time to recognize the importance of comparative world civilizations as the most cohesive interpretation of human history. After retirement he continued to participate in the Department of History at CSU Stanislaus and attended many of our events to acknowledge the successes of our students and faculty alike. A life well lived and he will be missed. To his wife Peggy and his family I send my deepest condolences.

October 26, 2012

My Dearest Peggy and family,
I am so very sorry for the lose of Bil. He raised an amazing family and will dearly be missed. Still in our hearts and not forgotten. I'm honored to have know him and his family and I will cherish all my uplifting chats I had with him..He was a delight to talk too... Have you Peggy and family in my fullest prayers and my heart.
xoxo Maudie

Britten Dean

October 26, 2012

I greatly valued Bill's friendship and learning during our 20 years as colleagues and well beyond that into retirement. A pity he is no longer with us.
--Britten Dean

RJ Moriconi

October 25, 2012

I always enjoyed my encounters and talks with Bill when our paths crossed at CSU Stanislaus. He was a real scholar and his students thought him a very fine teacher. My sympathy to you, Peggy, and to all in the family. Very sincerely,

Sondra Roberson

October 25, 2012

Peggy, I'm so sorry to hear that Bill has passed. Big hugs to you and your family.

Bethe Hagens

October 24, 2012

He was the best mentor and uncle a person could have.

Ron and Phyllis Vander Molen

October 24, 2012

Bill was a learned and valued colleague. His knowledge and wit had few equals. Our sympathy to the family and all his friends.