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Pat Smith (1930-2014) Journalist, Writer and Souvenir Building Collector
Patricia Scherf-Smith, 83, of Urbandale, Iowa and former
long time resident of Brooklyn, NY, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the
Deerfield Village in Urbandale. Patricia Scherf-Smith, was born on October 30, 1930, in Canton, South Dakota. She was an avid collector of miniature souvenir buildings and houses. She was an early and active member of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Point Hospice of Des Moines or the Souvenir Building Collectors Society. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree
in English/Journalism from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1952. She was united in marriage to Carlton
Smith in Chicago, Illinois in 1965.
Carlton preceded her in death on March 9, 1981.
Patricia was a reporter for the Marshalltown Times-Reporter
from 1952 until 1954, and then moved to Chicago in 1954 until 1955 where she
was PR Assistant for the Rock River Conference, for a Methodist Church, from
1955 until 1959, news release editor for the American Medical Association, and
from 1959 until 1963, was press relations specialist for the American Hospital
Association, and from 1963 until 1965, she was the public relations director
for the American Academy of Pediatrics before moving to New York. In both cities she worked for national
non-profit organizations, among them the American Medical Association, American
Hospital Association and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Patricia was responsible for National
television and radio promotional campaigns, production of feature films, TV
spots, and few features, local and national media relations, administered in
publications as a division within the department, the program ranged from
full-length books to research reports, pamphlets, and newsletters, with about
150 titles in print. Exercised
editorial judgment and selection, and supervised the writing, copy editing,
production and distribution of all publications. Served as executive editor of the field’s leading monthly
professional journal, grant procurement for audio-visual training materials,
and supervised a professional library of 35,000 volumes, the Helen Keller
Archives and the Foundation’s Record Center. Please share you memories of Pat in the comments link below.
Thanks Dave for posting this. Pat was a special Lady.
Does anyone else have any photos or stories to post? I'd love to see them. Thanks, Joe K.
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