6-8:00 PM on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
11:00 AM on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Herb Smith, beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor and teacher, passed away from this life into eternal rest on Sunday at the V.A. Medical Center in Fargo at age 79.
He was born in Hartford, NY and was raised on the family farm outside Granville, NY. In 1953 he was drafted into the Army. During his time in the Army, he met the love of his life Arlene; they were married on June 4th 1955.
His education started at Rochester Junior College and continued on at the University of Minnesota, and Iowa State University; however Herb never stopped learning. He brushed off the initials signifying his accomplishments, DVM, PhD, ACVM Diplomate, president of NDVMA, AAVLD. At the pinnacle of his career, he was the first in the world to isolate the bovine respiratory syncytial virus in 1970, still used today as the Lemkuhl strain. He often questioned colleagues, “Who is the most important person you are going to meet today?” to which he would reply, “the student.” He retired from NDSU in 1998, having spent 17 years as chairman of the Veterinary Sciences Department.
He was accomplished in many things, but he would most want being remembered by his love for God, his wife (Arlene), his children (Martha, Bill, Ian, Lee, Clark, and Hugh), his many grandchildren, and the many students he mentored over the years. Following the example of Jesus, the most important thing in his life was his relationship with God and his neighbor. This included not only the neighbor next door, but people all over the world as well. The giving nature of him precluded all else; Heaven’s gain will be felt as a deep loss to those who knew him.