Dr. Herman Smith - U.S. Marine Corps pilot and decorated Vietnam veteran, archeologist, friend, husband - died Friday, March 10, 2000.
Herman discovered and contributed much to the body of knowledge of the Maya once living on Ambergris Caye. If asked about this Subject, he would gladly inform his listeners of the Maya past with detailed length and expansive arm waving. His humor accompanied these mini-lectures, eliminating any academic dryness and endearing him to the students and groups lie worked with on sites around the island.
Above all his many accomplishments from fighter piloting to practicing archeology- is that Herman was a friend. We miss his wit and intelligence. Even his well-known grumpiness - most of which was faked - is leaving a void.
So, Yo Archeology Dude, fare thee well.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. 1922-1941
Dr. Herman Smith was the only PhD archeologist resident in Belize. He was noted in his field as a foremost researcher and expert in the coastal trading of the Maya and headed the archaeological development of Lamanai in Belize. He had lived in Belize for over 12 years and had recently obtained Belizean citizenship. He is survived by his wife Pam Smith of Banyan Bay in San Pedro..On Monday at 3 PM boats departed from BCs and carried Herman's friends to Los Renegados Maya site. North Ambergris Caye, where his ashes will be interred in a location dear to his heart. We express our sincere condolences to family and friends of Dr. Herman Smith.