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Kenneth Maltus Smith MBE (1936-1945)

Kenneth Maltus Smith 1926-2015

Kenneth Smith was born in 1926 in Jamalamudigu Hospital, the son of missionary parents with the London Missionary Society in South India. At the age of nine, he came to England and joined the junior school as a boarder, under the care of Miss Livesy. After two years, he entered the Senior Boarding House. With the advent of war in 1939, all the boarders, most of whom were the sons of missionaries, transferred to Taunton School in Somerset. It was a school with a similar non-conformist foundation. Kenneth made his way up the school and in 1944 was made Senior Prefect in Eltham House which automatically brought with it the status of school prefect in Taunton School. Kenneth had many interests, the chief of which was Scouting.

After school, Kenneth was conscripted into the army and served in the R.A.S.C. He was commissioned and sent to the Canal Zone. On leaving the army, Kenneth joined St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he read Geography for three years. From Cambridge, he spent a year at St. John's College, Oxford where he obtained his teaching certificate. The call to missionary service was strong - particularly to India but the missionary authorities posted him and Mavis, his wife, to Rhodesia (as it was then) and he joined the staff of Inyati School. He became Principal when the Senior Missionary returned to the UK and established the school on a fine footing. During 1960 while on leave, he was ordained.

Moeding College in Botswana needed a Principal, so Kenneth and Mavis moved there in 1966. This was to be his major piece of work and over the years, Moeding was shaped into the first rate Secondary School it is today. Many of the current Botswana leaders were trained there.

After 33 years' service in Africa, Kenneth and Mavis moved to Tunley - an historic United Reformed Church in rural Lancashire. Here they worked for six years before final retirement to Norwich.
There Kenneth continued serving the churches, as well as having a keen interest in gardening.
He became President of the Fuchsia and Pelagonium Society.

Finally, dogged by ill health, Kenneth passed away on the 19 September 2015. His Thanksgiving Service was attended by a very large congregation. Some of his African students were present.
We thank God for a life well lived.

Frank Wells