The Reverend Dr. Jack A. Smith was approved as the Administrator of Plymouth Harbor in 1971, holding the position from 1972 until his retirement in 1989. At the time, Dr. Smith was a minister in the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ, with administration experience and a degree in business. He was selected to replace Alan Switzer, Plymouth Harbor’s first administrator, who retired at the end of 1971.
Throughout Dr. Smith’s 17 years at Plymouth Harbor, the organization received an excess of $10 million in voluntary gifts from residents, was able to pay off a mortgage of roughly $3.5 million, and made capital improvements to the property in excess of $16 million—including the construction of the North Garden: then a 60-bed licensed skilled nursing home, 32 additional apartments, and a 58-car garage. Today, Dr. Smith remains actively involved in Plymouth Harbor life, serving on The Mildred and Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust scholarship committee.