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Memorial Service Set for Elden T. Smith, 11th President of Ohio Wesleyan University


April 3, 2007

Elden T. Smith ’32
A memorial service for Elden T. Smith, president of Ohio Wesleyan University from 1962 to 1968, will be held at 2 p.m. April 15 at William Street Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware. Smith died Feb. 5 in Seminole, Fla.

Born in Elyria, Ohio, in 1910, Smith graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1932. He later earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Smith assumed the presidency of Ohio Wesleyan in 1962 and led the university for six years. Smith Hall, completed in 1968, is named in honor of Smith and his wife, Betty Nilson Smith, a 1936 OWU graduate who preceded her husband in death.

Smith dedicated his life to education. In addition to serving Ohio Wesleyan, he also held posts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.; and the Presidential Search Consultation Service, also in Washington.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Smith’s family has established the Elden T. Smith Memorial Fund in his memory. Donations may be made online at www.owu.edu, by telephone at (740) 368-3306, or by mail at Ohio Wesleyan University, Annual Giving Office, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.