Charles M. Smith

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Former MSU Soil Scientist
Former Bozeman resident, Charles M. Smith, 94, died June 26 at his home in the Collington Retirement Community, near Washington, DC.

Chuck was an extension soil scientist and professor at MSU in the 1960s and '70s. He and Martha, his wife of 70 years, raised six children here and were active with the United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation. After Bozeman, he chaired the soil science department at NDSU in Fargo before becoming the principal soil scientist for USDA's Cooperative State Research Service in Washington, D.C. in 1980. He traveled (usually with Martha) and consulted internationally including in Romania, Thailand, the USSR, South Africa and other countries. His many honors include becoming a fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America.

Chuck was born Dec. 26, 1921. Raised on a grain and livestock farm near Oskaloosa, Iowa, that he also farmed or managed for 40 years, he attended a one-room school through 8th grade. He earned undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy and soil science from Iowa State University.

He and Martha are parents of John (Pam) Smith of Hilo, Hawaii; Dan (Cathy) Smith of Cheverly, Maryland; Diane (Jim) Dynes of Denver, Colorado; Debra (Byron) Lundquist of Bozeman; and the late Susan (Ron) Halvorson and Karen (Larry) Davis. They have 10 grandchildren and 15 surviving great-grandchildren.

Chuck's Iowa farm experience grew into a profession he loved, bringing much adventure for him, Martha and the family. He amazed them all.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at Collington, 10450 Lottsford Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721. Inurnment will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 30, 2016
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