David Merrill Smith, PhD


David Merrill Smith passed away on May 8, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. David was born on April 7, 1940 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Eleanor I. and Gene S. Smith. David received his diploma from Ottumwa High School, his undergraduate degree from The University of Northern Iowa, his Masters Degree from The University of Iowa and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. David spent many years as a professor on the faculty of The University of Minnesota Duluth. David is predeceased by his parents, his wife Nancy and his son Joseph. Survivors include his brother Gene Smith, daughter Kathy Hodgins, grandson Patrick Hodgins, Patrick’s wife Desiree and great-grandsons Brayden and Cory. Funeral services arranged by Cremation Society of Minnesota 4100 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807 for May 19, 2022. Visitation will be at 9:00 am, service at 10:00 am and burial at Oneota cemetery at 11:30 am. Special thanks to his dear friends for all their help and support, Tom O’Gara, Gene Sauter, George Kovich, John Schifsky, Dale Vaura, and Dean Anderson. Heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and nurses and other personnel at St. Luke’s Hospital 6th floor for their care and support.

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