Dr Philip D Smith, Jnr
Philip D. Smith, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Languages and
Linguistics and former Associate Provost and Vice-President for
Academic Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He
later served as Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and was the
organizer and Dean of West Chester University's branch in Fukuoka,
Japan. He holds a BA in Spanish from Pepperdine University, an MA
in History from the University of Nevada-Reno and a PhD in Foreign
Language Education from the Ohio State University. Dr. Smith has a
Certificate in Advanced Studies in Gaelic from SabhalMor Ostaig,
the Gaelic College, on the Isle of Skye. Dr. Smith has written over
sixty books and He currently writes the "Irish Learner's Column"
for the Boston Irish Reporter.
Professor Smith is the Past President of the American branch of The
Scottish Tartans Authority, based in Crieff, Perthshire. As such,
he served on their Board of Governors. He is a member of the Guild
of Tartan Scholars (one of six Internationally) and a Fellow of the
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.. He teaches Gaelic and lectures
internationally on tartan. He is co-author with the late Dr. D.
Gordon Teall of District Tartans and with the late James
Scarlett, MBE, of Two Shades of Tartan.
In cooperation with the late William H. Johnston, he is the author
of a three volume series of books Tartan: Abbotsford to
Yukon illustrating over 1,200 tartans in full colour,
characterized by the Scottish Lion as, "Arguably the best books
ever written on tartan and certainly the most complete." He has
"discovered" over a hundred old Scottish tartans both in Scotland
and in the United States. In addition, he has designed over one
hundred and fifty tartans.
His awards include the "Outstanding Service Award for Contributions
to the Scottish-American Community" from St. Andrews Presbyterian
College as well as "The Herbert and Ethyl MacNeal Award" from the
Council of Scottish Clans and Associations for his contributions to
Scottish-American relations. In Scotland he was awarded a
"Life-Time Achievement Award" by The Scottish Tartans Authority.In
2010 he received the National Tartan Day Award.
In 2002 Dr. Smith presented a series of four lectures on "The
Languages of Scotland" at the Smithsonian Institution. His popular
Tartan for Me! is now in the eighth revised edition. He
has written a companion "Name-Tartan" list for Irish surnames
entitled Tartans For the Irish! A current project is
cooperating with the Scottish Tartans Authority on the development
of The International Tartan Index for use as the new "Official
Tartan Register" of the Scottish povernmental Archives.
Dr. Smith is a descendent of Scots transported to Massachusetts by
Oliver Cromwell in the 1650's.