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By Richard Conniff
Editor’s Note: David Smith ’46, Ph.D. ’49, Morris K. Jesup Professor Emeritus of Silviculture at F&ES and one of the most revered and beloved professors in the history of the school, died March 7 (see obituaries, page 60). The following article saluting his career ran in the Fall 2003 issue of environment: Yale.
In the parking lot of an assisted living center, a frail, diminutive man sits on a bench at the end of a long garage. He has his cane propped upside down in front of him, one foot up on the crook, his hands folded over the rubber end piece, his chin resting on his hands. His eyesight is impaired, and the effects of a stroke keep him from venturing out into the forests where, not so long ago, he led students much younger than he to a point somewhere between exhaustion and illumination. But even at a distance, even in a parking lot, he still has a characteristic way of closely observing what other people scarcely notice.
“You see that little ridge off to the right there?” asks the man, whose name is David Smith, Morris K. Jessup Professor Emeritus of Silviculture. “That’s a remnant of the kame terrace. A huge chunk of ice got deposited over there as the last glacier retreated 15,000 years ago, and…
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