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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.


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.

John F. Smith

Matilda J. (Shanahan) Smith

Mary V. Cradick

Patricia Ann Smith (Mistress James Lehr)

John F. III Smith

George William Smith