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Ted Smith Memorial Bench

On Friday, October 6, 2022, Ted Smith passed away after a long and productive life. He left behind family and many friends. He was a very friendly, outgoing person, who loved life. He was involved with many activities including golfing, a founding member of the Greater Lansing Potters Guild, loved to spend time at his cottage on Lake Michigan near Eastport, and overall, his career at MSU.

Ted graduated from Michigan State College in 1954 with a degree in Hospitality Business. He joined the food service staff as a Food Supervisor in Shaw Hall and quickly advanced to the position of Manager and eventually to Coordinator of Food Services which he perfected over 25+ years. He received many industry awards including the International Foodservice Manufacturer’s Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in 1980 and the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Distinguished Lifetime Member Award in 1995. He was very active in NACUFS for his entire career at MSU.

Ted was respected by all. The Residence Hall staff looked to Ted for direction. What were the trends, what are kids eating, how could we address the needs of our hungry customers. He was looked up to by his peers in the industry across the country. This was evidenced by the number of schools traveling to our campus to see what MSU was doing and to seek his guidance. Ted was an innovator and brought many new concepts and ideas to Michigan State food service. His contributions to MSU’s food service are with us today even though Ted retired in 1991.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Because of Ted’s legacy, we are seeking donations to create a memorial in Ted’s name on the Michigan State University campus. A memorial bench behind Shaw Hall overlooking the Red Cedar River has been determined as a fitting tribute. 

Our goal is to collect $10,000 by February 2023, so that the bench could be dedicated in July 2023 to coincide with his interment in the Old Antrim City Cemetery in Antrim County Michigan.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1TSMEMB” in the note section.

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