Dr. Cornelia Marschall Smith was born Caroline Cornelia Marschall on October 15, 1895, in Llano County, Texas. She taught high school before attending Baylor University, where she received a bachelor's degree in 1918. She then received a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Smith returned to Baylor to teach biology, becoming chair of the Biology Department in 1935. She resigned as department chair after five years and became the director of the Strecker Museum, a post she held for the next 27 years. She was married to Charles George Smith, Baylor University Professor of English. After a long and successful teaching career, which included being chosen as Baylor's Teacher of the Year in 1965, being elected to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1989, and winning the Herbert H. Reynolds award in 1991, Smith died on August 27, 1997, in Waco, Texas. Baylor University renamed the Professor of the Year award in her honor in 2004.
More information about Cornelia Marschall Smith can be found in the Cornelia Marschall Smith collection at The Texas Collection and in her oral memoirs at the Institute for Oral History. This Texas Collection finding aid is currently incomplete. Please e-mail The Texas Collection at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.