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Hobart Smith

Hobart Smith passed away at his residence, the Villas at the Atrium, (Boulder) on Monday March 4. He was an American herpetologist, born in Stanwood, Iowa, United States. He has been credited with describing more than 100 new species of American reptiles and amphibians. In addition, he has been honored by having at least five species named after him and having published more than 1,600 manuscripts and 29 books. From 1941 until 1945 he was a zoology professor at the University of Rochester, in New York. In 1945 he returned to the University of Kansas as an associate professor. In 1946 he moved to Texas and became an associate professor of wildlife management at Texas A&M University and wrote checklists and keys to snakes and amphibians of Mexico. From 1947 until 1968 he was a professor of zoology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He retired in 1968 and moved to Boulder, where he became a professor of biology at the University of Colorado. In 1972 he became chairman of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 1983 he became a professor emeritus and continued his personal research with his last publication in September of 2012 on his 100th birthday. He has surpassed all contemporaries in number of publications and remains the most published herpetologist of all time. He is preceded in death by his wife Rozella. He is survived by his daughter, Sally Nadvornik (Lawrence KS) and son, Bruce Smith (Lakewood, CO). He had 5 grandchildren and 8 great grand children. Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder at 1 pm Saturday March 9. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the TRU Community Care Hospice of Boulder.


Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Mar. 7, 2013
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