Dudley Burcham Smith, 77, San Mateo, Calif., died July 19, 2000, from cancer.

He was born in 1923 in Seattle to George E. Smith Jr. and Marie Burcham Smith.

He was a graduate of the California Institute of Technology and the George Washington University School of Law.

Mr. Smith served in the V12 program in World War II and in the Navy Seabees in the Philippines during the Korean War.

He was employed as a licensing attorney by the Celanese Corp. in New York City. He helped to found the Licensing Executives Society, an international professional association.

He was president of the society in 1966 and 1967 and in 1971, he was awarded a gold medal for outstanding contributions to the profession.

After moving to Brookings in 1981, he began a second career as an expert witness.

Survivors are sons Michael E. Smith, Clifton Park, N.Y.; Dudley B. Smith Jr., East Lansing, Mich.; daughter Jann Marie Fairbanks, Hutchinson, Kan.

Also surviving are several grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were Esther Oyler Smith, mother of his children, and Carolyn Stauffer Smith, his second wife.

A memorial service is planned for Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the Best Western Brookings Inn.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a special scholarship fund sponsored by the Licensing Executives Society: The L.E.S. International Dudley Smith Memorial, Mel Jager, L.E.S.I. Treasurer, c/o Brinks, Hofer, Gilson and Leone, Suite 3600, 455 Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL 60611.