Bernon and Irene Smith Aviation Endowed Scholarship
The Bernon and Irene Smith Aviation Endowed Scholarship was established in 2013 to benefit Utah Valley University students enrolled in the Aviation Science Program.
Bernon Mervin Smith was born in 1930 in Slatington, Pennsylvania. He grew up in various locations in Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Midway. He married Irene Ethel Adams on June 30, 1951, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The newlyweds lived in State College, Pennsylvania, while Bernie attended Pennsylvania State College. Their two sons, James Lee and Michael Craig, were born during his school years. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State in June 1954 and took a job with American Bridge. He worked there for 11 years on various projects throughout the United States. In 1961 he obtained his Professional Engineering License. The Smiths lived in Michigan and then moved to California.
In 1965 Bernie started his own company, Adams & Smith Inc., and continued to build bridges and other structural steel projects. Throughout his career, he built bridges including the Badger Bridge in Long Beach, Calif., the Estoria Bridge over the Colombia River in Oregon, and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. The Smiths moved to Orem in 1993 when Bernie relocated his company headquarters. He retired in 2000 but continued to work as a consultant on various projects as well as on multiple dispute boards.
Bernie enjoyed history and travel and visited many places around the world. He was an obligatory golfer and loved to fly his airplane.
The Smith family were avid supporters of Utah Valley University, supporting a variety of programs from Culinary Arts to Aviation.