Hon. Ortrie Smith, Raytown High School, Class of 1964
United States District Judge Ortrie Smith, is a man who is dedicated to his family, community and law career. In addition to practicing law in Nevada, Missouri for 24 years followed by 10 years as a United States District Judge, Judge Smith found time to be the President of the Missouri Bar Association, President of the Nevada Rotary Club, President of Vernon County Chapter of the American Red Cross and President of the Nevada School Board.
He earned his law degree from University of Missouri after gradating from Raytown High School. While at Raytown he received the Young Leadership Award, was co-captain of the 1963 football team and met classmate and future wife, Christine Wendell.
Judge Smith’s awards are too lengthy to list in their entirety. However, top of the list includes Citizen of the Year from Nevada Rotary Club, Award of Appreciation from Missouri Judicial Conference and Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
Judge Smith considers his greatest legacy being his four daughters and three grandchildren. He is a welcome member of the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame.