The South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors honored Larry W. Smith of Lexington, S.C., as South Carolina “Surveyor of the Year” for 2012. This honor was announced at the society’s Annual Convention on June 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Hotel & Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and was presented to Smith at the Midlands’ Chapter meeting in Irmo, S.C. on June 25, 2012. The Surveyor of the Year Award is presented annually by the society to a surveyor who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of land surveying in the State of South Carolina.
Smith was born in Liberty, S.C., in 1937. He enlisted in the Air Force at a young age and qualified to enter the United States Secret Service. The Secret Service soon discovered that he lied about his age to enlist, and when his father refused to sign an age waiver, he was forced to accept an honorable discharge. Smith returned to school, graduated and enlisted in the Army. He began his survey career as a rodman for SCE&G in 1956. Some of his first experiences in surveying were working on a crew during the construction of the McMeekin Power Plant. Progressing in positions, he stayed on with SCE&G for another 15 years, working at Canady Cross Road in 1959 as a party chief and then transferring to the engineer service department in 1962. In February of 1969, at the request of SCE&G, Smith became a registered land surveyor. The following month, Smith was placed in charge of SCE&G’s surveying department and served in that position until 1971.
In 1971, Smith partnered with Ray Greenway and Al Whitworth to open Associated E & S. He has owned and operated Associated E & S by himself since 1980. During his nearly 56 years in the surveying profession, Smith has attended numerous seminars and has obtained many certificates including ICS course, field techniques, vertical control fundamentals, and coordinate computation. Mr. Smith was instrumental in surveying and establishing Lake Murray’s 360 Boundary Line and the Lake Murray Fringe Lands. It is estimated he has personally been involved in about 75% of those surveys along the nearly 620 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray.
Smith’s calm and collected reasoning, along with his delivery of knowledge, have made a positive impact on the land surveying profession and to the Midlands Chapter. His door is always open and he is quick to call with any information requested. He is constantly teaching freshmen surveyors and is very giving of himself. His passion for land surveying most resembles the words in the Midlands’ Chapter preamble, “In order to promote the interest of the Land Surveying Profession and to improve the service it renders to the public.” Smith lives in Lexington with his wife of 49 years, Geri. They have two children and one grandchild.