Club President 2007 - 2013
Doug Smith joined our club in 1956.
He came over from South London Swimming Club where he was a leading figure where he had been responsible for organising a gala open to all open water swimming clubs. Only the Serpentine Swimming Club turned up and ever since an annual gala between the two clubs is held in his name.
Doug was sporting gentlemen. He only ever complained about his starting mark when it was too good!
In a short time he learnt so much about our club and was responsible along with Alan Titmuss in putting together our original 1964 book Breaking the Ice to celebrate the club's centenary.
Doug was a very popular man who gave much of his time to youth clubs. He had also gained many friends in France for all of his help at the Normandy Landings World War II.
Doug was with our club for just 11 years and passed away from a heart attack in 1967. His wife Rene still sometimes makes her delicious bread and brandy pudding for the Tooting Bec gala.