SCIENTIST DIES OF EXPOSURE ON OWLSHEAD MOUNTAIN
From the Townsend Herald, March 15, 1973
A visiting scientist from Boston University was discovered dead from exposure on the southern face of Owlshead Mountain by out- doorsman Thomas Waban on Wednesday.
Dr. Yardley Smith was well thought of in the area and often summered here. The older man was a bird enthusiast, and taught Ornithology at Boston University for more than a decade. Smith appeared in town last
week, arriving out of season to pursue a rare bird type recently seen on the mountain.
Despite poor weather the elderly man ascended Owlshead Mountain on Friday.
On Wednesday, Thomas Waban discov- ered the older man’s path through the upper groves of Owlshead and followed the trail out of curiosity. “I thought maybe he was in trouble,” said Waban.
“He was done in quick,” Waban con- tinued. “He curled up next to a tree and didn’t wake up. He was soaked to the skin.” No foul play is suspected, although the body has been remanded to state authorities for autopsy.
“It’s a shame,” Waban said. “Doc Smith always had a kind word for everyone, and he loved and respected the forest.”