Ralph Jennings Smith Creative Writing Endowment
In March 1977, Arthur D. and Grace J. Smith established a memorial to their son, Ralph Jennings Smith, in the form of an annual award to the winner among contestants in the field of creative writing. This award consists of a scholarship for one semester of full-time tuition determined by a selection committee designated by the director of the Creative Writing Contest.
“This scholarship was established by the parents of a son, Ralph Jennings Smith, whose aspirations to become a writer went unfulfilled--in the hope that it would be of some assistance and encouragement to others with similar aspirations to fulfill theirs.”
- Arthur D.
Smith Arthur D. Smith was born November 8, 1907, in Brigham City, Utah, the third child of six to Sarah Louisa Bingham and Lot Smith, Jr. He married Grace Jennings of Logan in 1941. They are parents of five children, one of whom is deceased. All are university graduates and four hold degrees from USU. Arthur and Grace have ten grandchildren.
Dr. Smith began his college program at Weber College and completed at USU in 1936 with a B.S. in Forestry. A year later, he earned a M.S. degree in Forestry at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1957 a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He became a member of the USU School of Forestry in 1937 as an instructor in Range Management, retiring in 1974. He was absent from the campus for military service from 1942-46 and again while serving in Washington, D.C. as a member of the staff of the Public Land Law Review Commission from 1966-69.
At USU, he developed a cooperative research program with the Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources, focusing on the relationships between range livestock and big game use in Utah. In 1943, he coauthored with L. A. Stoddart the textbook, Range Management, which has been the foremost book used through the United States in that field for many years. He published over 70 scientific papers and reports whose influences were felt nationally and internationally. His professional contributions have been broadly recognized through numerous honors, including the Society of Range Management's Distinguished Service (1975), Fellow (1979) and Rennet (1989) awards.
His colleagues in the College of Natural Resources bestowed their greatest accolade, the Bridger Award, in 1974, and Utah Section SRM named him Rangeman of the Year in 1981. Arthur D. Smith died on September 21, 1993. Grace Jennings Smith was born April 29, 1918, the fifth of six children to David S. and Retta Webb Jennings. She graduated from USU in 1939 with a degree in English and received a M.S. degree in 1961 in Food and Nutrition. She has combined teaching--ten years in public schools and three years in Food arid Nutrition at USU--with community, church and family activities. Currently, she is serving on the boards of USU Emeriti, Quadrangle and Old Main Society.