The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma President Dr. John Feaver announced the death of prominent USAO donor, Bill Smith, who was 92.
In an e-mail to faculty, staff, students and alumni, Feaver said that Smith passed away on Thursday evening.
Feaver stated in the email that Smith was a key participant in historic events and decisions which affect the course and direction of USAO over the years of his career.
Smith is the namesake of the USAO Drovers Baseball and Softball Fields as both parks are named in his honor and called Bill Smith Ballpark.
According to the USAO website, the fields were named in Smith's honor due to the generous donation. The field was established in 1995 and has been the Drovers' home ever since.
Smith donated his personal baseball memorabilia to auction off funds to reestablish the baseball and softball programs after a 17-year hiatus according to his hall of fame biography.
According to Feaver in his email, Smith first arrived to USAO as a Vice President for Administration in 1973 and was actively employed until his retirement from his role as Special Assistant to the President in 2010.
Smith was named back in January of 2010 as a contributor to USAO Athletics and was named a member of the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame.
Along with being named to the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame, Smith along with his wife Pat Smtih established the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar Athlete Award and also sponsoring a scholarship of that same name.
Date and time of services have not been made available at this time and will be announced at a later time.