Dwight Smith, professor emeritus of history at Miami University, died Wednesday, May 6, at Woodland Country Manor in Oxford. He was 92.
Smith taught at Miami from 1953 until his retirement in 1984. He also taught at Ohio State University and held visiting professorships at Columbia University and Indiana University.
At Miami, Smith was instrumental in the establishment of the Luxembourg Center and the Institute of Environment Sciences.
His teaching and research interests were frontier and western American and Canadian history and bibliographic studies. He was author or co-author of numerous books, essays and articles and was active in, and president of, many professional societies. He held a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Central College, a master’s and a doctorate from Indiana University and an honorary degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Smith was an elder of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, a president of the Friends of the Miami University Libraries and a president of the Oxford Museum Association.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He is survived by his son Greg, daughter-in-law Becki and two granddaughters of Chillicothe, and his brother Dale (Jean) of Miamisburg; sister-in-law Patti of Monroe.
Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 North Main Street. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church or to McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital, 110 Poplar Street, Oxford.