Mae Smith (Vice President)

Mae Smith in the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
Mae Smith in the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab

Mae Smith, an only child, grew up in a farm family in rural Mississippi and South Carolina. She graduated from Winthrop College with a Bachelor’s major in psychology and minors in biology and sociology. From the University of Florida, she obtained a master’s degree in educational psychology and a doctorate in counseling and psychology. Mae has lived in Mississippi, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arizona and Vilnius, Lithuania. She has worked as a psychologist, counselor, and or administrator in a variety of settings including universities, hospitals, public school, community college, federal correctional system, state correctional system, county jail, and she had a private practice in Tucson as a rehabilitation and counseling psychologist for twelve years. She has served as an officer and on the Board of numerous professional and non-profit organizations at the local, state, regional and national/international level, and has performed volunteer service for numerous organizations in Tucson including serving as a trolley conductor, an English-as-a- second language teacher, President of a PTA, UA Faculty Senator for 16 years, and she is now in her 19th year of volunteer activities with Boy Scouts of America. Currently, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona and continues to participate in purposeful activity at UA. She just completed her eleventh year of serving on the School Council at University High School and serves as an officer on the Board of the University High School Foundation and Alumni Association.

Mae became a member of TAAA fifteen years ago as a result of her son’s love for astronomy and the tremendous support and guidance TAAA members gave him. For two years she served on the TAAA BOD as Member-At-Large and she is currently serving her third year as Vice President. Mae has a deep appreciation for the Club and of the significant, ongoing commitment of TAAA members to sharing their love of the sky. She plans to be a TAAA lifetime member!!