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G. S. Smith

(the following information is taken from Dr. Smith's nomination form)

Contributions made to North Dakota’s agricultural industry by
Dr. Glenn S. Smith

G.S. Smith

Dr. Glenn S. Smith was NDSU's second wheat breeder. He replaced Dr. L. R. Waldron in 1952 until 1964. Prior to replacing Dr. Waldron, Dr. Smith served as a USDA durum wheat breeder stationed at Langdon. He was responsible for the release of ‘Carleton’, ‘Stewart’, ‘Stewart 221’, ‘Vernum’, and ‘Nugget’. As the NDAC (NDSU) spring wheat breeder, he was responsible for the release of ‘Conlon’, ‘Justin’, ‘Dakuru’, and ‘Waldron’. Both his durum and spring wheat varieties were characterized to have good quality, high yield, and disease resistance. These varieties helped stabilize wheat production by North Dakota farmers. Waldron was considered a milestone variety because it was a step above that of other available varieties. Waldron remained an important variety for many years and provided North Dakota wheat producers with millions of dollars of additional income.



  • 1925, Graduated from Dickinson High School
  • BS, 1929, Agronomy, North Dakota Agriculture College
  • MS, 1931, Plant Breeding, Kansas State College
  • PhD, 1947, Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota



  • 1929-1934: USDA Durum Wheat Breeder, Langdon Experiment Station, ND
  • 1934-1947: USDA Durum Breeder, Fargo, NDAC
  • 1947-1951: Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Associate Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 1951-1966: Hard Red Spring Wheat Breeder, NDSU
  • 1951-1954: Chief, Division of Plant Sciences, NDSU
  • 1954-1973: Dean of the Graduate School, NDSU
  • 1974-1978: Wheat Breeding Project dealing with sawfly resistant wheat; also oat breeder NDSU

Professional organizations, career-related activities, civic, and club activities

  • Founder and first president of NDAC Chapter of Sigma Xi
  • President of North Dakota Academy of Science
  • Alpha Zeta
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • National Wheat Varietal Registration Committee of Crop Science Society of America
  • Graduate Cooperative Fellowship Panel of the National Science Foundation
  • Chairman of the committee to establish a PhD program at NDAC


Honors and Awards

  • Who’s Who in the Midwest
  • American Men of Science
  • 1963 Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • 1965 Faculty Lectureship, North Dakota State University
  • 1974 Sigma Xi Recognition of Excellence for recognizing and rewarding excellence in the sciences
  • 1979 Blue Key Doctor of Service Award
  • 1990 Honorary doctorate from NDSU for his lifetime of service to North Dakota
  • 1992 Auditorium in Loftsgard Hall dedicated as the Dr. Glenn S. Smith Auditorium


Achievements attained within nominee’s profession and employment

Many of the achievements of Dr. Glenn S. Smith and his contribution to North Dakota agriculture were made as a durum and wheat breeder. Dr. Smith’s varieties contributed millions of dollars to North Dakota agriculture. ‘Waldron’, one of his varieties, was the leading variety in North Dakota for many years.


Brief family history

Dr. Smith was born in Antler, North Dakota and graduated from Dickinson High School. His father, Ralph Smith was employed by USDA at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. Dr. Smith was marred in 1930 to another NDAC graduate, Doris Abel. Glenn and Doris have three children, two sons and one daughter, and numerous grandchildren.

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