New Paltz, NY 12561
A. Keith Smiley (1910-2001) - Founder /Chairman Emeritus
In Memory: A Keith Smiley was a
member of the Society of Friends, a Quaker. He was a man who lived
and acted upon his principles. He was never limited by his
geographic roots or his local responsibilities. His main goal in
life was to bring people of diverse perspectives together in order
to effect a clearer understanding of the interrelationship of all life
on earth -- with emphasis on the sustainable use of the earth's
resources, including its people.
He counseled in his writings that one should
"Perceive problems as opportunities, have abundant expectancy
rather than specific expectations, and believe that there are more
excellent ways." (excerpt from The Importance of Networking).
"If you would be a leader, learn to lead from behind, by means of
awareness more than by command. If you would know the message of the
hills, leave your auto habits behind you. Walk the trails. When you are
brought close to the elements the mind clears." (excerpts
from The Importance of Walking).
Service: Keith was active in many local
organizations along with international ones. He was founder and
served on the board of directors for Mohonk Trust (now the Mohonk
Preserve). He was a member of the advisory board for the
Institute of Development, Planning, and Land Use Studies at SUNY New Paltz.
He was also on the board of Earlham School of Religion, Richmond,
IN. He served on the Friends World Committee, Section of the
Americas (1962-82) and was clerk of the Committee on Sharing the World's
Resources (1973-82). He was directly involved with the New Call to
Peacemaking, a joint project of the Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers
He was Clerk of Ministry and Counsel (1960-1962),
Chairman of the Committee for Study of Faith and Beliefs (1959-63);
Chairman of the Committee on Revision of the Book of Discipline, Faith
section (1959-63) -- for the Religious Society of Friends. He was
also on the Committee for Quaker House -- a retreat for UN delegates and
the Committee on the Revision of Human Rights Declaration, and Rights of
the Child through the Quaker United Nations Office.
He counted among his friends a countless number of
ambassadors as well as key organizational people at the United
Nations. In addition, his NGO contacts were truly extensive.
He was a thoughtful, caring individual with great insight and used his
resources wisely in service to his fellow man. He will be sorely
Mohonk Consultants continue to uphold the exemplary
ideals that Keith Smiley lived by throughout his long and productive life.
1. "There will be no real peace and justice
until all people are free of hunger, basic disease, and the threat of
annihilation -- and people have the right to be involved in their own
decision making process.
2. "The well being of all people and the well
being of the planetary ecosystem cannot be dealt with separately."
3. "Achievement of the process of
self-determination by local groups or country-wide and world wide
assemblies require a special style of leadership."
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