Pictured: Generations of the Smith family visited the Rush campus to celebrate their family’s legacy of support.
More than 40 members of the Smith family gathered at Rush to celebrate a partnership that began six generations ago with Byron L. Smith in 1881.
Forty-three members of the Smith, Hamill, Brown and Waud families have served as leaders and volunteers at Rush, totaling more than 1,000 years of service. Leadership legacies include Anne Byron Smith Waud’s record 72 years of service on the Woman’s Board, and the continuing commitment of Harold B. Smith, the longest-serving Board chairman from 1978 to 1988.
The Smith family has consistently contributed to support Rush’s mission. This support advances exploratory research, including the fields of cancer and neurosurgery, grants scholarships to deserving students and provides a comforting haven for loved ones of more than 32,000 Rush patients each year in the Smith Family Lounges.