From Dr. Jose Yulo, who has written several pieces for IgnatiusInsight.com:
The liberal arts education community lost one of its bright lights this week with the passing of Bro. Robert Smith in Napa Valley. In 1956, Bro. Smith led the establishment of the Integrated Program in the Great Books at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. After sixteen years at the helm, he journeyed to Annapolis, Maryland, and soon became one of St. John's College's most respected and influential tutors. Even among the august faculty at St. John's, Bro. Robert held place all his own. He deftly practiced his patient, yet uncompromising socratic method, enabling many students to descend unscathed yet humbled from their own Mt's Olympus. All the while, he provided a moral ethos of decency and kindness, gifts essential to softening the socratic's more pointed tendencies. I will always remember and be grateful for the times where he was giving of his time and insight. R.I.P.
More information about Brother Smith's life can be found on the St. John's College website.