The Family of Dennis Lake Smith

The Family of Dennis Lake Smith

Dennis Lake Smith, a resident of Solomons, Maryland, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a past member of the Boy Scouts of America, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Although he was offered a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music, Dennis instead chose to study art at the Maryland Institute of Art and was the artist who, in his sign shop, designed the first Cavalier billboard welcoming visitors to Calvert County.

Dennis graduated from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University later in life, while working full time. He was a valued employee of Wyle Labs in California, Maryland, where he was a software applications engineer; however, his real loves were art, music, and flying airplanes.

He was a saxophone and harmonica player extraordinaire, who played with the very popular Southern Maryland band “Round Midnite.” Dennis also had a passion for traveling and he had traveled much of the world, both for business and pleasure. Two of his favorite destinations were Florida and New Orleans, where he loved to attend the Jazz and Heritage Festival with his friends from Solomons.
When not traveling, flying his plane, playing music, or painting, Dennis could usually be found on his boat or on a beach somewhere watching a beautiful sunset. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor and passion for adventure. He especially loved working with children and students to help them develop the skills that he himself had mastered.


Established in 2012 by Carmen Nance Gambrill, in memory of her friend, Dennis Lake Smith. This award supports visual arts or music majors.