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Biographical Memoirs: Volume 80
RAY FRED SMITH
January 20, 1919–August 23, 1999
BY PERRY ADKISSON, WILLIAM ALLEN, JOHN CASIDA, AND EDWARD SYLVESTER
RAY F.SMITH, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California at Berkeley, died August 23, 1999, at his home in Lafayette, California. He was 80 years old. Ray was born on January 20, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Monterey, where his father was a pharmacist, and after graduating from high school, Ray entered the University of California at Berkeley; he completed his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees there.
Ray joined the Berkeley faculty in 1941 and became not only a significant builder of its entomology program but also an internationally recognized champion of ecological pest control. From each of his distinguished Berkeley faculty mentors he garnered a lifetime appreciation of history, books, and collecting (E. 0. Essig); field ecology and service to agricultural entomology (A.E.Michelbacher), and a deep respect for and interest in systematic entomology and evolution (E.G.Linsley). From the beginning of his academic and experiment station career it was apparent that the hallmark of his teaching, research, and advocacy was to be centered on an ecological approach to analysis and management of the economic ravages of arthropod pests. He enthusiastically adopted the strong Berkeley tradition in agricultural and medical entomology and fully appreciated the