Sculpture Dedication Oct. 15 to Honor Cornelia Marshall Smith

Oct. 9, 1996

WACO, Texas - Dr. Cornelia Marschall Smith, former university biology professor, will be honored with the presentation of a sculpture at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, adjacent to Carroll Science Hall. Smith will celebrate her 101st birthday Tuesday.

Smith graduated from Baylor in 1918, received a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins. She was a Baylor professor of biology from 1940-1967, chairman of the biology department from 1935-1940, and director of Strecker Museum from 1943-1967.

Smith has received several awards during her career. She was selected as the Woman's Day Outstanding Faculty Member in 1963, the Teacher of the Year in 1965-66 and was named to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1989.

Smith retired in 1967, but maintains an office in the Armstrong-Browning Library to assist charitable causes. Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Development of Dionaea muscipula : Flower and Seed," was published in the Botanical Gazette in 1929.

The sculpture was designed by Dr. David Deming, interim dean of the school of fine arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. William D. Hillis, vice president of student life, holds a professorship in her name, the Cornelia Marschall Smith Distinguished Professor of Biology. Hillis was a campaign chair for the fundraising of the sculpture.

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