Written by: Dr. Aaron Krochmal (Delta-Tau, Union College, ’93)
Chestertown, MD – Brother Christopher Smith, a Founding Father and colony GM for the Omicron-Phi Chapter of Kappa Sigma was recently awarded the John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Smith accepted the award on Saturday, April 8th as part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of the Omicron-Phi Chapter, surrounded by many of his fellow founders and nearly 100 chapter Alumni and Guests. The highest honor the fraternity can bestow on a non-volunteer alumnus, the Tower award recognizes Brothers who bring great honor to Kappa Sigma Fraternity, whether it is through community service, outstanding career work, or other prominent achievements.
“I have had the honor of meeting prior recipients of the award and learning the amazing things they have done within Kappa Sigma and their communities. So, when I heard the award being announced, I was in complete disbelief. To be considered in the same company as my role models is beyond humbling.”
Brother Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Maryland Dental School, and later, from the US Air Force Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program. As an Air Force Surgeon straight out of residency, he was assigned to be the Program Training Director of the U.S. Army’s second largest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency. Brother Smith, Graduated with honors from Commissioned Officer Training and Squadron Officer School and was then assigned to be the Program Training Director of the Army’s second largest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program where he coordinates and treats more than 50,000 soldiers and airman at Fort Bragg, NC. Recently awarded the rank of Major, Brother Smith will pin the rank on in May.
Brother Smith attributes much of his success to lessons learned through and the core values of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
“I would not have been able to accomplish everything I have if it were not for the lessons and opportunities I received from Kappa Sigma and our Omicron-Phi Chapter. Building the colony and receiving our charter provided me with the experiences and characteristics to succeed. From developing leadership and organizational skills to managing stressful situations with discipline and fortitude, I learned the skills for success in the military and as a surgeon from my experience within Kappa Sigma. I will forever be grateful for everything Kappa Sigma has provided me.”