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2021 LCC Alumnus of the Year named

The LCCF Alumni of the Year award is to acknowledge Lower Columbia College alumni who have made significant contributions to the community, and whose accomplishments, relationships, and careers have exemplified the legacy of excellence at LCC. Lower Columbia College (LCC) and the Lower Columbia College Foundation have announced the selection of Dr. Edward L. Smith as the 2021 LCC Alumnus of the Year.

Ed graduated from Castle Rock High School in 1949. In 1951, Ed’s music career took off and he traveled the U.S. It was during this time that Ed married his number one supporter, Sharon, who joined him on tour. They later had two sons, Scott and Clark. In 1952, Ed’s draft deferment ended and he joined the Air Force and served as a Radio Operator and Analyst until 1956. He continued playing jazz while stationed in Japan, playing with both Japanese and American musicians at the Blue Chateau Jazz club in Tokyo.

Ed is excited to be named LCC’s Alumnus of the Year and shares LCC’s impact on his life and for others. “LCC plays an important role in cultivating, improving, and educating young minds. LCC was a crucial step for me and provided a sound educational foundation and it continues to stay tuned to the needs of the local community,” he said. Dr. Smith’s philanthropic support and investment in the future of LCC includes the Student Success Fund, College Success Fund, Athletic Excellence Fund, and LCC Booster Club.

Dr. Smith will be honored at this year’s “virtual” LCC Foundation Horns & Halos Gala on October 7. For more information about the LCC Foundation, LCC Alumni or to join the LCC Foundation Alumni Association, visit


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