Dr. Oliver R. Smith, a well-known Utah journalist and educator, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 1990, in Provo. He was 77.

He was born in Davenport, Iowa, on March 8, 1913, to Hyrum and JuneBushman Smith. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Smith was a member of the news staffs of the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune and the Provo Daily Herald. He was also professor and chairman of the journalism and communications departments at BYU, until he retired in 1978. He was a founding member of the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists-Sigma Delta Chi; national president of Kappa Tau Alpha, a journalism scholarship society; and editor of the quarterly publication, The Journalism Educator.

He was an Army captain during World War II and retired as a colonel after 27 years with the Air Force Reserves.

Dr. Smith was national president of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, state president and national vice president of the Sons of the American Revolution and a staff officer with the Mormon Battalion. He was recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Services will be held Monday noon in the Provo 13th Ward, 945 E. 700 North. Friends may call at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center St., Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery.