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SMITH, HENRY LESTER: 1876-1963.

Henry Lester Smith was born in Bloomington, Ind., on April 2, 1876. He was the son of Samuel Thomas Wishard and Ella Cathcart Smith. He received the degrees of A.B. in 1898 and A.M. in 1899 from Indiana University and the A.M. degree in 1910 and the Ph.D. degree in 1916 from Columbia University. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by Butler University in 1940. On Feb. 3, 1915, he married Johnnie Wilson Rutland and they had three children : Martha Elizabeth, Ruth Charlotte, and Henry Rutland.

Smith held public school positions from 1897 to 1909 and was superintendent of schools in Bloomington, Ind., 1909-15. He became professor of school administration and dean of the school of education at Indiana University in 1916 and was appointed dean emeritus in 1946. From 1947 to 1957 he was director of research for the Palmer Foundation.

During his career Smith was president of the following groups: Indiana State Teachers Association, 1921-22; National Council on Education, 1925-31; National Educational Association, 1934; Indiana Council on Education, 1938-40; and the National Association of Colleges and Departments of Education, 1942. He was a consultant to the state of Indiana on educational matters. He was editor of EDUCATIONAL PUBLICATIONS and was a member of the editorial advisory boards of EDUCATIONAL DIGEST and EDUCATIONAL ABSTRACTS. He also edited a number of bibliographies and directories and wrote several university studies in education. Smith died on Oct. 25, 1963.

Information from Who Was Who in America.

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