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Ronald Lynn Smith

Ronald Lynn Smith, American health system executive.


  • Smith, Ronald Lynn was born on September 22, 1940 in Algona, Iowa, United States. Son of Russell Malcom and Helen Lucille (Gridley) Smith.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1962. Postgraduate, University South Dakota, 1963. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1965.


    • With Harris Hospital-Methodist, Fort Worth, 1967-1982, associate executive director, 1974-1976, executive director, 1977-1982. President, Chief Executive Officer Harris Methodist Health System, since 1982. Senior executive vice president Texas Health Resources, 1997-1998.

      Member Premier, Inc., National Committee for Quality Health Care. Member advisory council Hill-Rom Company, 1991. Member healthcare executive advisory council International Business Machines Corporation, 1991.

      Member board Texas Commerce Bank.


    The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


    The faith should be based on the Bible, but also on reason, tradition, and personal experience.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Church should organize delegations to different ecumenical conferences throughout the world and actively participate in the global inter-religious dialogues.


    Trustee Tarrant County United Way, 1977-1979, campaign chairman, 1992, chairman board trustees 1993, chairman board directors, 1994, area-wide services chair, 1988-1991, self-sufficiency task force. Board member Texas Research League, 1990-1995, national board visitors Texas Christian University, since 1990. Board visitors Texas Wesleyan University, since 1995.

    Fellow American College Hospital Executives. Member Texas Hospital Association (trustee 1983-1987, chairman 1986-1987), Texas Healthcare Council, Healthcare Leadership Council, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (president 1981), Fort Worth C. of Chamber (board directors 1992), Rotary.


    • Married Jacqueline Sue Yarger, December 23, 1962 (divorced August 1981). Children: Sheri Rene, Gregory Mark, Brenton Alan. Married Sylvia Jo Grotjan, December 31, 1982.

      1 child, Russell Lynn.
    • father: Russell Malcom Smith
    • mother: Helen Lucille (Gridley) Smith
    • spouses: Jacqueline Sue Yarger
    • Sylvia Jo Grotjan
    • children: Sheri Rene Smith
    • Gregory Mark Smith
    • Brenton Alan Smith
    • Russell Lynn Smith
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    Born September 22, 1940