Last year, Oglethorpe renamed its 1,250-megawatt gas-powered facility in Murray County the Thomas A. Smith Energy Facility.
Before being named president and CEO in 1999, Smith served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the company from September 1998 to August 1999 and as senior financial officer from 1997 to August 1998. From 1990 to 1997, he was senior vice president of the Rural Utility Banking Group of CoBank.
He received a master’s degree in industrial management-finance from Georgia Tech, a master’s in analytical chemistry from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry from Catawba College.
The executive was on the board of directors for ACES Power Marketing and Electric Power Research Institute. He also served as a director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.
Smith is survived by his wife, Kathy, and son, Kevin.