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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Former band director Claude Smith 3rd in online poll for Hall of Famous Missourians

  • Claude T. Smith, a former Chillicothe High School band director considered for induction into the state capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians, fell short in a public online poll conducted through the Missouri House of Representatives.
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  • Claude T. Smith, a former Chillicothe High School band director considered for induction into the state capitol’s Hall of Famous Missourians, fell short in a public online poll conducted through the Missouri House of Representatives.
    Voting for the top two nominees closed Thursday and Smith had the third most votes, as indicated in a bar graph shown on the House of Representatives website. The top two vote-getters were Andrew Taylor Still, who settled in Kirksville and founded the American School of Osteopathy, and science fiction author Robert Heinlein. Smith was ranked second place for most of the voting period and came in third, a large margin ahead of Rose O’Neill, who received the fourth most votes.
    The Hall of Famous Missourians is a collection of bronze busts displayed between the House and Senate chambers. Those included traditionally are people chosen by the House speaker. Speaker Tim Jones called for a public vote to choose two new honorees during October. In addition to the two chosen by the public, Jones plans to pick a third person.
    Smith was among 10 finalists selected based largely on public nominations received this summer.
    Smith was a composer and music educator whose composition “Flight” was adopted as the official march of the National Air and Space Museum. He taught music in Missouri and Nebraska and received commissions for works for the U.S. Air Force Band, the U.S. Marine Band, the U.S. Navy Band and the Army Field Band.
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