In memory of
Paul M. Smart
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In memory of
Paul M. Smart
SMART Paul M. Paul M. Smart passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was born on January 6, 1929, to Paul S. and Frances M. Smart in Middleport, Ohio, a small Ohio River town. After graduating from high school there in 1946, he opted for a short enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps, soon to be the U.S. Air Force. Trained as a radio operator, he served in various aircraft communications functions, including four months as a message center operator in the U.S. Air Force traffic control center on Okinawa Island near mainland Japan, which involved flying across the Pacific Ocean and back in unpressurized propeller aircraft. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Capital University and later at the College of Law of the Ohio State University, both in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital and his Juris Doctor degree from Ohio State, both with high honors. Upon graduation from law school in 1953, he joined the Toledo, Ohio firm of Fuller, Harrington and Seney, a fifteen lawyer firm primarily engaged in corporate law. During his thirty years with the firm, it grew to fifty lawyers and a large supporting staff. He had the good fortune to work in many specialty areas of the law practice, including real estate, corporate, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, government regulation, public utilities, labor relations and others, throughout the United States and world wide. During his years of practice, he was active in legal profession organizations at the local, state and national levels, serving as president of the Toledo Junior Bar, the Toledo Bar Association and the Alumni Association of the Ohio State College of Law as well as many committees and sections of the Bar. In 1984, having become highly specialized in public utility law, he left the legal profession to assume full time responsibility as an executive in the electric utility industry. In 1985, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Toledo Edison, just after the then-troubled Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant suffered a near disaster and had to be shut down for a long period for extensive repairs and modifications. With the help of former nuclear navy officers and skilled consultants, Paul and the highly committed Toledo Edison staff not only brought the plant back into service, they also received recognition for the plant being one of the most efficient nuclear power facilities in the world. Later, he was instrumental in merging the Toledo Edison and Cleveland electric utilities into the Centerior Energy Corporation where he was a board member and held several executive positions. During those years, he also served as a Director at The First National Bank of Toledo and on the advisory board of its successor, Fifth Third Bank. He also became very heavily involved in numerous community organizations including: The United Way where he headed the fund raising campaign and served as Board Chairman; The Toledo Hospital, where he chaired a number of functions including the Ritter Heart Institute; The Toledo Museum of Art, as a Board member and fund raiser; the American Red Cross; and especially COSI Toledo, where with the help of the Toledo Edison staff, he preserved and maintained the failed Portside Festival Marketplace, until it was converted with widespread public support into the children's museum; and a number of other community organizations. He also belonged to Toledo Club, Toledo Country Club, Belmont Country Club and Carranor Hunt and Polo Club. After fully retiring in 1989, he and his wife Janice, established residency in Florida where they lived on Captiva and Sanibel Islands and became involved in a number of community organizations. He served as a board member and President of the Captiva Civic Association, board member and Commodore of the Captiva Island Yacht Club, a volunteer at the Lee County Health System Healthpark campus and was a certified volunteer Medicare consultant under Florida's SHINE program for seniors. He enjoyed tennis and boating, and he could be seen every day biking along San-Cap Road. Paul is survived by his wife, Janice; daughters, Susan (David) Kienzle, Barbara (Chris) Mages, and Roberta (Greg) Roush, and their children, Sean Kienzle, Stephen Kienzle, Scott Kienzle, Amber Wright (Dave) Alden, Reed Roush, Emma Roush (Jeffrey) Kobs and Sara Roush; Janice's children, Karen (Jack) Pok, Brad (Kerrie) Brogan and Todd (Michele) Brogan, and their children Steffi, Margo and Lindy Pok, Gage, Kelsey, Grant, Tatum and Conrad Brogan; and his twin sisters, Jean (George) Siddall and June Kloes and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Phyllis Hackett; his brothers-in-law, George Hackett and Manning Kloes and his grandson, Charles Smart Kienzle. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. As published in The Blade
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