During his long association with the College, Smith documented the
development and growth of Ithaca's South Hill campus. In addition, his
photographs of notable Americans and other works of photojournalism
appeared in many national publications such as Newsweek and Time, as
well as newspapers throughout New York State.
Smith's photographic career began during World War II, when he served as a technical photographer responsible for recording tests of experimental aircraft. In 1947 Smith and his late wife Gertrude began their own commercial and illustrative photography business in Ithaca. Shortly thereafter he began his long association with Ithaca College. The Smiths operated their photography business until 1984.
C. Hadley Smith is survived by two children, Elizabeth O'Donnell of New Hampshire and Hadley Scott Smith of Ithaca, an assistant professor in the Ithaca College writing program.
The photographs by C. Hadley Smith will remain on display in Job Hall through mid March.