Brief Bio and Travels of E. Russell Smith

Born in Toronto, E. Russell Smith was educated at the University of Toronto Schools and McGill University (M.Sc.). He married Barbara Emms of Montreal in 1955. After a period of casting about for a suitable career, he was forced by impending fatherhood in 1958 to settle on teaching high school in Wingham, Ont. This turned out to be a serendipitous move, as teaching suited him, and he suited teaching.

After two years and the birth of two daughters, Terry and Allison, the family moved to Ottawa where they have been more or less continuously ever since. A son, Greg, arrived in 1965. When Russ left teaching in 1988, he had been the Head of Science at Gloucester High School for 25 years.

A turning point in his life had occurred, however, in 1970-71, when the family spent a sabbatical year at Cambridge University. Ostensibly studying history of art, Russ was to discover during this year a bent toward creative writing. Back in Ottawa, he proceeded toward an M.A. in English (1983) at the University of Ottawa.

Russ finally left teaching in order to write full time. Previously he had published a considerable body of technical material, mostly on contract, but thenceforth his efforts were to be directed chiefly toward fiction and poetry.

They liked to travel in the spring and fall, and enjoy Ottawa's winter and summer delights. They explored Europe and the Middle East as far as Egypt, Turkey and Israel. In the other direction they penetrated China to its western extremities. In Canada they have been from Point Pelee to Cambridge Bay NWT, and from Nain Labrador to Tofino BC, traveling by car, train, bus, plane and canoe, as appropriate.

Widowed since 2002, Russ still makes frequent trips, recently in the company of Areta Crowell to India, southern Africa, the Middle East and Peru. Russ and Areta dated in the early 1950s. They were married in August, 2012.

Russ joined Emmanuel United Church in 2008,after having no church affiliation since about 1966. He has been active in the choir and the Thursday Morning Discussion Group ("The Heretics").

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Arizona, April 2016
Arizona, Spring 2016

Haida Gwaii July 2015
Haida Gwaii July 2015

Victoria BC and the Butchart Gardens
Victoria & Butchart Gardens

Salt Spring Island July 22-24, 2015
Salt Spring Island

All Saints Pilgrimage to Manzanar Apr. 25, 2015
All Saints Pilgrimage to Manzanar 25 April 2015

Adriatic Coast Sept.-Oct. 2014 — Slovenia, Croatia and Venice
Adriatic Coast 2014

Road Trip in Nova Scotia, August 2014
Nova Scotia Road Trip 2014

Road trip in Spain, Spring 2014
Spanish road trip, 2014

Nunavut and Greenland 2013
Nunavut and Greenland 2013

Hong Kong 2013
Hong Kong 2013

Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, N.Viet Nam 2013
Hanoi & Ha Long Bay, N. Viet Nam 2013

Angkor Wat, Cambodia 2013
Angkor Wat, Cambodia 2013

Mekong R.— Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 2013
Mekong R. 2013 — Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Saigon & the Mekong Delta 2013
Saigon & the Mekong Delta

Paris, l'Île-de-France et Champagne 2012
Paris and Champagne, Nov. 2012

Malta Oct. 2012
Malta 2012

Our Road Trip to California -- Sept. '12
Yellowstone, Tetons & Yosemite 1012

La Paz, Bolivia to L. Titicaca 2012
La Paz, Bolivia to L. Titicaca 2012

Puno to Aguas Calientes, Peru 2012
Puno to Aguas Calientes, Peru 2012

Machu Picchu and Cusco 2012
Machu Picchu and Cusco 2012

Lima, Peru 2012
Lima, Peru 2012

Kauai, Hawaii 2011
Kauai, 2011

The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Great Wall of Los Angeles

Annette Island and Metlakatla AK
Annette & Metlakatla 2011

Ketchikan 2011
Ketchikan 2011

Wrangell to Petersburg AK 2011
Wrangell to Petersburg AK 2011

To Sitka 2011

Tracy Arm and Juneau 2011 >br>
Tracy Arm & Juneau AK 2011

Barbara Hepworth at St. Ives, Cornwall
S. Cal. 02/11

Washington DC Dec. '10
Washington Dec. '10

Lebanon Apr.'10
Lebanon 2010

Syria Apr.'10

Jordan Apr.'10
Jordan Apr. 2010

Jerusalem Apr.'10

California Jan.-Feb.'10
L.A. to Monterey Jan.-Feb. '10

California Nov.'09
California Nov.'09

How We Spent August 2009

Antarctica 2007

India, March 2008

South Africa, February 2009

Chobe National Park, Botswana, February 2009

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, February 2009

Kruger National Park, RSA, February 2009

Namibia, February 2009

Eastern Europe, October 2007
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