Lewis Worthington Smith
Lewis Worthington Smith (November 22, 1866-December 27, 1947)
Originally Submitted By Bobby Griffith on 12/2/11 Drake University
Background on SmithLewis Worthington Smith was born in Malta, Illinois on November 22, 1866. The son of Dwight A. and Sarah Elizabeth (Lewis) Smith, nearly all of his higher education was completed in Nebraska. Smith completed his undergraduate degree at Beloit
Lewis Smith married Jessie Belle Wellborn on August 24th, 1897 who then gave birth to their couple’s daughter and only child Marjorie Smith. Marjorie followed in her father’s footsteps and received her bachelor’s degree from Drake in 1924 and her master’s in 1926. She was hired as the assistant secretary of the National Board of Education of the Presbyterian Churches. Smith’s wife, Jessie was in her own an excellent poet. She also published many original works during her life both on her own and with her husband.
In Smith’s 38 years at Drake University he was a member of the Poetry Society of America, he founded the English Club at Drake, and bolstered and improved the English department by adding classes and expertise. He also established the Drake chapter of the national writing fraternity, Sigma Tau Delta. Smith became the Dean of the Graduate Division in 1938 and retired from Drake two years later in 1940. Lewis Worthington Smith died on December 27th, 1947 at the age of 81 after struggling though a long period of failing health. He was survived by both his wife and his daughter.
By Professor Lewis Worthington Smith
When the clinging apples redden In the sunset of the year, Set your eyes along the highway To the haven of good cheer.
When the stalks the summer nourished With their golden burdens bend, Take the old familiar pathway To the fireside of friend.
With October skies above you And a soft peace dropping down. Come again to those that love you, The old campus, the old town.
Warm the eyes that here shine welcome, And the hands that grip your hands, Home is home, whatever fortune You have won in other lands.
-  Blanchard, Charles. (1931). History of Drake, Building for the Centuries, pp. 77
-  Lewis Worthington Smith. (1931, January). The Drake Alumnus, pp.7
-  Death Comes to Professor L. Worthington Smith, Poet, Writer, Long-time Drake Faculty Member. (1948, January). The Drake Alumnus
-  L. W. Smith, Poet, Writer, Is Dead at 81. (1947, December 28). Des Moines Sunday Register, pp.1
-  Smith, L, W. (1930, October). Home-coming. The Drake Alumnus, pp.7