University of California, Riverside

Applied Biological Control Research

Harry Scott Smith Scholarship Fund


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Harry Scott Smith

Harry Scott Smith
1883 - 1957

Memoriam, 1959

Harry Scott Smith Scholarship Fund to Support Students in Biological Control at UC Riverside

Harry S. Smith, was born in 1883 to a poor farming family in Nebraska. He was trained in Biological Control in the northeast U.S.A. where he worked on the biological control of gypsy moth with the USDA. Upon his appointment to Sacramento in 1913 to work on biological control issues important to California, Smith brought recognized entomological training in biological control to California for the first time.

The phrase “Biological Control” was first used by Smith in August 1919 at the meeting of Pacific Slope Branch of the American Association of Economic Entomologists at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside.

Based on his experiences on biological control of forest and pasture pests, Smith brought caution and tempered exaggeration about biological control in California as he worked with citrus growers and other commodity groups.

Fundraising GoalIn 1923, Smith and four colleagues moved from Sacramento to the University of California Riverside Campus which had evolved from the Citrus Experiment Station (est. 1915) and he formed the Division of Beneficial Insect Investigations which was a unit distinct from the Division of Entomology. Prof. Harry, as he was
 affectionately known, is fondly remembered by his students as a patient and generous supervisor who encouraged research and work on applied and
practical aspects of biological control.

Smith went on to create the Department of Biological Control which offered the only graduate training in Biological Control in the world. The Department of Biological Control became the Division of Biological Control in 1969 which then merged into Department of Entomology at UC Riverside in 1988. Prof. Harry had two sons, both trained to be entomologists. Instead of pursuing biological control they went into the pesticide industry and Sam Smith died accidentally from pesticide poisoning. Prof. Harry passed away in 1957 and left UC Riverside $15,000 to develop a scholarship fund to support training and education in biological control. This fund has grown to approximately $45,000 today, but is insufficient to provide meaningful support to students wanting to be trained in biological control.

Our goal is to build the Harry S. Smith Scholarship fund to a significant level where the corpus of the fund will be able to generate enough revenue to provide substantial support to students wanting to be trained in biological control. This can only be achieved by actively soliciting donations from individuals, industries, and organizations that have benefited over the years from biological control projects that have that have been run by UC scientists, in particular entomologists at UC Riverside. If biological control is to continue to prosper in southern California we need to continue recruiting and training high quality students. To do this, we need to be able to provide substantial financial support, and the Harry S. Smith Scholarship is one way to attract excellent students to UC Riverside.


Help with the Harry Scott Smith Scholarship

If supporting this scholarship is of interest, please contact Mark Hoddle at UC Riverside for more details or download the brochure detailing how you can offer support. All donations are tax deductible. Mark Hoddle, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside CA 92521 Phone: (951) 827-4714, Email:


Thank you to our supporters
The Fall 2013 fundraising campaign was a huge success with $17,600 raised. Special thanks go to Leavens Ranches, Brian and Claire Federici and Marrone Bio Inovations for each providing $1,500 (for a total of $4,500) in matching donations for each $250 donation received.


Recent Scholarship Recipients

Aviva Goldmann Judith Herreid Jesus R. Lara Artiga Holly Hills

Aviva Goldmann 

Judith Herreid
Jesus R. Lara Artiga 
Holly Hills 

Jennifer Henke

Casey Butler    

Jennifer Henke

Casey Butler





Contributors to the H.S. Smith Scholarship Fund

$1-$99 $100-$499 $500-$999 $1,000-$4,999 $5,000-$9,999 >$10,000
Joseph L. Spychaj Sr. (2006) Roger Essick
Hofshi Foundation (2005) Logan Hardison (2005) California Avocado Society (2005) South African Avocado Grower's Association (2007)
Shirley & Gerald Duryee (2006) Dickson Shafer (2005) Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Froehlich (2006) Matt Hand (2005) California Avocado Commission (2006) Anonymous (2011)
Art Harris (2006) Paul Lofthouse (2005) Dorcas H. McFarlane (2006) CAPCA San Diego (2005)    
Peter & Patricia Miller (2006) Wesley Humphrey (2005) CAPCA San Diego (2007) CAPCA Ventura (2005)    
Reed Webb (2006) Don & Susan Deardorff (2005) David Lanthier, Emerald Plains Inc (2007) Robert L. and Carol L. Hardison (2006)    
Jane Delahoyde (2007) John M. Grether (2006) van der Kar Family Trust (2008) Association of Applied IPM Ecologists (2007)    
Art Harris (2007) Robert & Sharon Coleman (2006) Index Fresh (2008) CAPCA Ventura (2007)    
Robert Q. Stanton & Marie Harrison Stanton (2007) William F. & Glenna B. Horton (2006) David Lanthier, Emerald Plains Inc (2008) John Deere Landscapes (2007)    
Carol L. Engelhardt (2007) Carl Stucky (2006) J. K. Thillie Ranches (2008) Mary Matava & Agri Service Inc. (2007)    
Richard Hatano (2007) Nishimura Farms Inc. (2006) Royalties from the Biological Control Text Book (2009) Leavens Ranches (2007)    
Evelyn Little Bono & J. C. Bono (2007) Oro Del Norte LLC (2006) Syngenta Bioline (2011) Mr. & Mrs Robert L. Hardison (2007)    
Peter & Patricia Miller (2007) Holly Stosic (2006)  Brokaw Ranch Co. (2011) California Avocado Society (2008)    
Dr. Edward Stika & Carol Stika (2007) Glen Rees (2006)  Brokaw Nursery (2011) Mary Matava & Agri Service Inc. (2008)    
Nancy Shimamoto & Daniel Collins (2007) Henry & Myrta Thys (2006)  Edward Traynor (2011) Robert & Carol Hardison (2008)    
George Goodall (2007) Keyes Fibre Corporation (2006) Mud Creek Ranch, in memory of Ted Debbs (2012) Leavens Ranches (2008)    
Ron Nichols (2007) Molly S. King, in memory of C. Russell King (2006) Edward C. Brainard (2013) CAPCA Ventura County (2008)    
Dudley Ranch (2007) Anita Tate, in memory of Ed Tate (2006) California Rare Fruit Growers, Foothill Chapter (2013) California Avocado Society (2008)    
King & King Ranch (2008) Steven & Robin Smith (2006) E Fred and Suzanne Legner (2013) CAPCA Ventura (2009)    
Dickson Schafer (2008) Shane L. Butler Family Growers (2006) Syngenta Bioline (2013) Leavens Ranches (2010)    
Richard Hatano (2008) James Lloyd Butler Family Partnership (2006) The Mud Creek Ranch Trust (2013) Dr. T. Wofford, Monsanto R&D Vegetable Division (2011)    
Dr. Edward Stika & Carol Stika (2008) PL-B Ranch (2006) Association of Natural Bio-Control Producers (2014) Edward Traynor (2011)    
William J. Kaffer, Kaffer Enterprises LLC (2011) Mark McKee (2007)   Gary Veeh (2011)    
Carol Englehardt (2011) Enrico Ferro (2007)   Harry C. Johnson & James W. Johnson, Rancho Simpatico (2011)    
McEwan Nursery (2011) James Llyod-Butler Family Partnership (2007)   CAPCA Ventura (2011)    
Peter & Patricia Miller (2011) PL-B Ranch (2007)   Leavens Ranches (2011)    
Rancho Vista Del Rincon (2011) Shane L. Butler Family Growers (2007)   CAPCA Ventura (2012)    
GFK Kynetec (2012) Bailard Citrus (2007)   Leavens Ranches (2012)    
Mina Gardner (2013) M. L. Coykendall (2007)   Rachel Levin (2013)    
Bill Lambert (2013) Wilde Residual Trust (2007)   Barton & Merla Gaut (2013)    
Stephen Bailey (2013) Kaffer Enterprises (2007)   E. H. Traynor (2013)    
Lorraine C. Forester (2013) Nishimura Farms (2007)   Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (2013)    
McEwen Nursery (2013) Lorraine C. Foster (2007)   Leavens Ranches (2013)    
Peter K. and Patricia C. Miller (2013) William & Bernice Yarak (2007)   Gary R. Veeh (2013)    
Rudolph John Haluza (2013) Five Points Limited Partnership (2007)   C.A.P.C.A. Ventura County Chapter (2013)    
Patrick S. & Norma D. Yarbrough (2013) Landon Stableford (2007)   JD Farms (2014)    
Kathleen Konya (2014) William & Glenna Horton (2007)   Jane Delahoyde (2014)    
Stephen Bailey (2014) Bill & Carol Steel, Fairfield Farms (2007)   Brian & Claire Federici (2014)    
Landon Stableford (2014) Martin Wildgoose, Aftermarket Insurance Marketing (2007)   Robert, Carol & Michael Hardison (2014)    
  Snow Ranch (2007)        
  Gary Ross & Allison Thomas (2007)        
  Joe Barcinas (FAR Inc) (2007        
  King & King Ranch (2007)        
  Lofthouse Landscaping (2007)        
  Stehly Grove Management (2007)        
  Stehly Enterprises (2007)        
  LF Grove Management (2007)        
  Ward & Mary Lou Whaling (2007)        
  Howard W. Vipperman (2007)        
  K. R. Tanaka (2007)        
  Steven & Robin Smith, in memory of Howard Dawson (2007)        
  Rudy Haluza (2007)        
  Janet W. Davis (2007)        
  Anita Tate (2007)        
  Roger Essick (2007)        
  David Holden (Holden Research & Consulting) (2008)        
  Steve & Robin Smith,  in memory of Jane Skelley Wigley (2008)        
  Steve & Robin Smith, in memory of Geraldine Morris (2008)        
  Kaffer Enterprises (2008)        
  Lofthouse Ranch (2008)        
  Al Stehly & Stehly Grove Management (2008)        
  Robin Smith, in memory of Claude Wells (2009)        
  Robin Smith, in memory of Joy Rogers (2009)        
  Robin and Steve Smith, in memory of Mason Dollar (2009)        
  Scott van der Kar, Pinehill Ranch (2010)        
  Robin and Steve Smith, in memory of Andrew Rusin (2011)      


  Arthur Bliss (2011)        
  Charles Froehlich (2011)        
  King & King Ranch (2011)        
  Lofthouse Ranch (2011)        
  Ronald Nichols (2011)        
  Nishimura Farms (2011)        
  Rancho Largo (2011)        
  Harold E. Ross (2011)        
  Charles C. Starn (2011)        
  Shane L. Butler Family Growers (2011)        
  James Lloyd Butler Family Partnership (2011)        
  PL-B Ranch (2011)        
  Rancho Abuelos (2011)        
  JMS Ranch (2011)        
  Crystal Cove Farms (2011)        
  Harlan Beck, Few Acres Ranch, LLC (2011)        
  Dorcas McFarlane, J. K. Thrille Ranches (2011)        
  Ross-Thomas 1995 Trust (2011)        
  Richard Pidduck, Santa Paula Creek Ranch (2011)        
  Kirby Yale, Yale Insurance Service (2011)        
  Wilde Residual Trust (2011)        
  Mud Creek Ranch (2011)        
  Jane Delahoyde (2011)        
  Dr. Kevin Heinz (2011)        
  Robin and Steve Smith, in memory of Meg Jackson (2011)      


  Jane Delahoyde (2012)      


  John Orr, Oro del Norte, LLC (2012)        
  Robin and Steve Smith, in memory of Carl Barringer (2013)        

Tim Kelley (2013)


Norma Yarbrough (2013)


Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (2013)


Book Royalties from Mark Hoddle (2013)


Dr. Devin P. Carroll (2013)


Crystal Cove Farms (2013)


Dr. Richard D. and Joan A. Goden (2013)


Dr. Kevin M. Heinz (2013)


Pidduck Ranch Partnership (2013)


Cynthia King (2013)
King & King Ranch


Arthur Bliss Ranch (2013)


Kabashima Family Living Trust (2013)


Nishimura Farms, Inc. (2013)


Dudley Ranch Partnership (2013)


Dorcas H. Thille and TT J.K. Thille Ranches (2013)


Lynn M. Lebeck and Marshall W. Johnson (2013)


Carl F. Stucky (2013)


Robert E. and Martha H. Orth (2013)


Roger Essick (2013)


E. Fred & Suzanne Legner (2013)


Gabrielle G. and John P. Watson (2013)


PL-B Ranch LLC (2013)


Shane L Butler, Family Growers, LLC (2013)


James Lloyd-Butler Family LLC (2013)


Kouichi & Grace Tanaka (2013)


Ms. Rachel C. Levin (2013)


J. A. & M.C. McMurtry (2013)


David L. Holden, Holden Research and Consulting (2013)


Marjie Bartels, Bartels Ranch (2013)


John Wiley & Sons Limited (2014)


Colleen Mullen (2014)


Ruth Wilson (2014)


California Organic Gardening Club, in memory of Peggy Jensen (2014)


William & Patricia Carter (2014)


Ophelia Fisher (2014)


Oro Del Norte, LLC (2014)


Donald & Susan Deardorff (2014)


Col. Robert Conlin (2014)





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