Huge congratulations go out to Dr. David E. Smith, Bakersfield College alumnus and founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, on his honor as the 2013 Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Smith graduated from Bakersfield College in 1958, before heading on to UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Medical School.
In 2012, Dr. Smith came home to Bakersfield and presented at our Levan Center for the Humanities on his development of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco. His reflection on the socio-cultural revolution taking place in the early 1960s is available for download.
Bakersfield College, and North High School, proudly claim Dr. Smith as an alumni. In this year of celebration for Bakersfield College’s centennial, I am glad our college’s former students are recognized for their outstanding contributions for society. With leaders like these blazing the trail for the class of 2014, the possibilities are endless!