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Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Mary Ann Smith

Smith Building, 1901

Funds from the estate of Mary Ann Smith, who died in 1891, also supported scholarships. In addition, she instructed the university to create a professorship in chemistry, its first endowed chair. Little is known of Smith, a resident of Raleigh and the only daughter of the prominent merchant Richard Smith. In 1901, the university used money from her fund to erect a dormitory, which it named in her honor.