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SYSK: D. Berkeley Smith honored for 60 years in Rotary Club


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- The Waterloo Rotary Club celebrated Donaldson Berkeley Smith's 103rd birthday and 60 years of Rotary membership.

Smith joined Rotary after his minister invited him to a meeting.

"I always thought of it as a very good organization it would pay to attend," said D. Berkeley Smith.

Berkeley Smith's children, Donald Bruce and Bonnie, stood up with him for an award presentation.

"My dad is an incredible individual. He's done more things in his life than anyone I've ever encountered," said Bonnie Smith-Davis.

In high school, Smith helped build the now destroyed Lake Delhi Dam. He made 35 cents an hour! But he saved up $350, which he used to learn how to fly.

"I had an innate desire to fly," said Smith.

Smith got his pilot's license at age 21. He still remembers the license number....

"6467, very low," he said.

Besides enjoying flying, Berkeley Smith is a huge Iowa Hawkeye Football fan.

"And we went to at least three Rose Bowls," said Smith.

He got his BA from Iowa, and he met his wife Helen there. The couple's 73rd wedding anniversary is coming up in May.

Smith has always lived by the values of fidelity, faith and honesty. Daughter Bonnie Smith-Davis said her dad is her inspiration.

"Incredible worker. Whatever goal he has set he has accomplished. He worked hard at that," she said.

Smith also worked as an insurance adjuster assessing claims involving planes, and he got his Juris Doctor degree in law.

Berkeley Smith doesn't think he deserves a lot of attention, but he was very touched by the Rotary Club honor.

Smith has certainly accomplished a lot in his life, too much even to mention, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is being a devoted husband and father.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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