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John Francis Smith

John Francis Smith, American steel executive. Decorated Knight Sovereign Military Order Malta; recipient Founder’s Day Civic award Loyola University, 1962. Citizen fellow Institute Medicine, Chicago.


  • Smith, John Francis was born on July 3, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of John F. and Matilda J. (Shanahan) Smith.

  • Education

    • Certificate in advanced management, Harvard Business School, 1946. Doctor of Laws, Loyola University, Chicago, 1965.


    • Assistant manager, order division Inland Steel Company, Chicago, 1937-1939, manager order division, 1940-1945, assistant manager sales, 1946-1947, general manager sales, 1948-1952, vice president sales, 1952-1959, president, 1959-1966, assistant to chairman, 1966-1969, director, 1956-1980, finance committee, 1959-1969, Executive Committee, 1967-1980. Chairman Inland Steel Container Company division, 1967-1980, Grotnes Machine Works, Inc., 1967-1980, director N.P. Railway Assistant director, chairman directive committee steel division Non Performing Asset, 1951. General chairman Community Fund-Red Cross Joint Appeal, 1957.

      Director Community Fund Chicago, 1959-1963, Junior Achievement Chicago, 1960-1964, Chicago Association Commerce and Industry, 1960-1965. Trustee, vice president Chicago Joint Appeal, 1959-1961. Director Catholic Charities Corporation, 1958-1980, president, 1967-1968.


    Member of the board lay trustees Loyola University, 1959-1980, chairman, 1966-1968. Member medical council Stritch School Medicine. Member University of Chicago Citizens Board, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Association Northwestern University, Wildlife Society, Council Foreign Relations.

    Clubs: Economic, Commercial, Chicago (Chicago).


    • Married Mary V. Cradick, August 22, 1931. Children: Patricia Ann (Mistress James Lehr), John F. III, George William.
    • father: John F. Smith
    • mother: Matilda J. (Shanahan) Smith
    • spouse: Mary V. Cradick
    • children: Patricia Ann Smith (Mistress James Lehr)
    • John F. III Smith
    • George William Smith
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    Died February 10, 1980
    (aged 71)