Out of Sorrow

Gordon H. Smith, 2004 Alumni Achievement Award winner, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

“Sometimes it is your sadness and your sorrows,” says Gordon Smith, “that particularly equip you to serve others.” The Smith family’s great sorrow came in 2003. Smith remembers the knock on his Maryland front door. He’d had a feeling something was wrong. Their son Garrett, away at college, wasn’t answering his phone. Smith, then a U.S. senator from Oregon, and his wife, Sharon, were worried that Garrett’s bipolar disorder had taken a downturn. They found a police officer on their porch. Garrett had taken his own life.

Read Smith’s full story at BYU Magazine.

Full Name: 
Gordon H. Smith
Grad Year: 
BA 1976
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
BYU Magazine
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