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Gregory White Smith

Gregory White Smith (October 4, 1951 – April 10, 2014) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer of both Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh. In addition to writing 18 books with Steven Naifeh, Smith was an accomplished musician, historic preservationist, art collector, philanthropist, attorney, and businessman who founded several companies including Best Lawyers® that spawned an entire industry of professional rankings.
His brain tumor, which was diagnosed in 1975 led to 13 brain surgeries as well as radiation and nuclear medicine treatments and experimental chemotherapeutic regimens. His search for cutting edge medical care was profiled on CBS’s “60 Minutes”〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://baltic-review.com/2014/04/gregory-white-smith-pulitzer-prize-winning-author-of-jackson-pollock-and-van-gogh-the-life-dies-at-62/ )〕 and recounted in his book ''Making Miracles Happen''.
''Jackson Pollock: An American Saga'' was published in 1990, winning the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.〔 ''The Philadelphia Enquirer'' called the book “Brilliant and definitive … so absorbing in its narrative drive and so exhaustively detailed that it makes everything that came before seem like trial balloons."
''Van Gogh: The Life'', which Michiko Kakutani of the ''New York Times'' called “magisterial,” was published in 2011 with a companion website hosting over 6,000 pages of notes. The book stirred global controversy by debunking the widely accepted theory that Van Gogh committed suicide and arguing instead that village bullies shot him.
“As a tale of ambition, hard-fought fleeting triumphs and dark despair,” said the ''San Francisco Gate'', “it has the dramatic pull of a gripping nineteenth-century novel. … () biography enriches the eye. Its insight and vast information vault readers into the work of Van Gogh and the artists of his time. It deepens the experience of looking at art." “A tour de force,” said the ''Los Angeles Times'', a “sweepingly authoritative, astonishingly textured book."
He died of a rare brain tumor, which he battled for four decades, in 2014 at the age of 62.〔
==Personal life==
Smith was born in Ithaca, New York on October 4, 1951, and was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended the Columbus Academy. "Walking to school beginning at an early age," Naifeh said, "he would think of a sentence. Then, talking out loud, as he did for the rest of his life, he would try different ways to articulate the same thought, clarifying the idea and giving the words more character and force. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of and gift for words." "Also at age eight, Smith began dictating short novels into a Dictaphone his father used in business, which his mother transcribed. 'They were only 25 or 30 pages long,' Smith said, 'and the work of a child. But I was so thrilled that my mother typed them. There was my name at the top of the first page, ‘By Gregory White Smith.’”〔
"As editor of his high school newspaper, he once wrote an editorial about the French experience in Vietnam and its lessons for the United States. When the headmaster burned all of the copies of the paper, Smith called on the headmaster to resign. 'Greg was already showing his fiercely combative spirit,' Naifeh said, 'the same spirit that would get him through a lifelong battle against a terrible disease and unending pain.'” 〔
He graduated from Colby College in 1973, spent a year studying music in Europe on a Watson Fellowship, and then enrolled at the Harvard Law School. He graduated from the Law School in 1977, and received a master’s degree in education, also from Harvard, in 1978.〔http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/13/obituaries/colby-college-graduate-gregory-white-smith-pulitzer-winning-biographer-of-artists-dies-at-62/〕
Smith was a singer and choral conductor. He founded the Colby Eight in 1972 and served as Assistant Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, where he helped prepare choruses for such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Mstislav Rostropovich, from 1974 to 1979.〔
Smith received honorary doctorates from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 1998, the Juilliard School in 2012, and Colby College in 2013.〔
In 1989, along with his partner Naifeh, he purchased the Joye Cottage in Aiken, South Carolina in 1989.〔http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140418/AIK0401/140419367/1031/smith-naifeh-a-look-at-two-men-s-accomplishments〕 Together, they restored the historic Whitney-Vanderbilt house, a creation of both Stanford White and Carrère and Hastings. The story of that renovation is told in their book, ''On a Street Called Easy, In a Cottage Called Joye'', which the ''New York Times'' called “wry and gentle … house-and-garden renovations gone delectably awry.” They are leaving the house to the Juilliard School as a residence for artists in music, drama, and dance.
In 2009, with Sandra Field, Smith co-founded the Juilliard in Aiken Festival, a performing arts festival that brings dozens of artists to Aiken each year for performances and has provided educational outreach to more than 16,000 students in an area covering parts of Georgia and South Carolina. The year Smith died, the Festival culminated in an early-music performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion that was presented not only in Aiken but in Spivey Hall in Atlanta and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. James R. Oestreich wrote in the ''New York Times'' that the performance contained “flashes of brilliance, all right. But what made the event so deeply satisfying was mainly the consistent excellence of all its parts.”
In 1975, a few months after beginning Harvard Law School, Smith began experiencing unexplained skeletal pain. After six months of clinical investigation, he was diagnosed with a hemangiopericytoma, a tumor so rare it landed him on the cover of the ''New England Journal of Medicine''. Uncertain that he could survive the disease – in 1987, he was given three months to live – Smith, together with Naifeh, spent the rest of his life finding doctors around the world who could perform operations or improvise treatments to keep him alive long enough for the next lifesaving treatment to emerge.〔
Smith’s survival was featured on a segment of CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 1997. He was asked by Morley Safer, “Everyone must ask the question when given what appears to be a death sentence, 'Why me?'”
Smith answered, “I've been very, very lucky in my life. I had a great family – have a great family. I have Steve. I've been endowed with some talents. I've had a chance to write a book that I'm very proud of. I have great friends. And never once in all those things, I never once said, 'Why?' So how can I demand from the universe some sort of rationale for the bad that I've never demanded for the good?”
Smith married Steven Naifeh, his co-author and partner of 40 years, in 2011.〔
“It took enormous grit and determination to stage this heroic ongoing battle against his brain tumor,” Naifeh said to the Aiken Standard. “Yet, it never robbed him of his passion for life. Or his sweetness. He was so unassuming about his intellectual gifts, so guileless, that he had an extraordinary capacity to help people understand how special they were in their own ways.”〔

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