Dale Metz Smith, 82, passed away Jan. 25, 2011, at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind.

He was born Dec. 23, 1928, in Portland, Ind., the son of Homer Smith and Gertrude (Metz) Smith.  

Dale was the ninth of 10 children. 

He graduated from Portland High School in 1946; received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1950; a masters from Purdue University in 1952; and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1957. Professor Smith taught Botany at the University of Arizona, Tucson; the University of Kentucky at Lexington; the University of Illinois, Champaign; and the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his tenure, he rose to the status of professor and then professor emeritus, after serving as chair of the biology department at UCSB.  Professor Smith authored numerous botanical papers and received the Cooley Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists in 1963. He became a Fellow of the Linnean Society, London, and was a member of many scientific societies. Professor Smith will be remembered for identifying a new species of sunflower, Helianthus Smithii, which was named in his honor.  

Dale married Ruth Geraldine Wyne of Deputy, Ind., on Aug. 12, 1950. The couple had four children, Geraldine Irene (1951-1951), Teresa Lynn (born 1952), Lorin Dale (1954-1954) and Gayle Marie (born 1957). 

Dale is survived by his wife, Ruth G. Smith of Deputy; and his daughters, Teresa Lynn Smith Prather of Deputy, and Dr. Gayle Marie Smith Seymour of Conway; sisters, Virginia Ashley of Daleville, Ind., and Edith Stowers (Bill) of New Burn, N.C.; four grandsons, Jonathan James Prather (born 1982), Michael Dale Prather (born 1984), Jeremy David Prather, (born 1987) and Clifton Troy Seymour, (born 1991). 

A Memoral Service was held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Grace Episcopal Church, Muncie, Ind., Michael Ashley, (nephew and retired Chaplin) and Reverend Vickie Perkins officiated. 

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel assisted with local arrangements.  

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.meeksmortuary.com.