May 16, 2002
Smith, wife of Park B. Smith 54, died May 16, 2002, at their home in Lakeville,
Conn., at 51.
Co-Chair of Park B. Smith Inc. of New York City, Carol was
intimately involved in all aspects of PBS, Inc. including
operations, systems, finance and design. Carols standard
of excellence, attention to detail, and the ability to address
issues head-on were essential to the growth of the company.
Generous benefactors to the College, the Smiths donated
$10 million in 2000 for the construction of a major new building
on campus. Dedicated on Sept. 7, 2001, the Carol and Park
B. Smith Hall houses the Center for Religion, Ethics and
Culture, as well as the philosophy and religious studies
departments, the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special
Studies, information technology services and academic student
services, such as the Registrars Office. The Smiths gift
is the largest in the history of Holy Cross. In 1997, the
Smiths contributed $1.5 million to Holy Cross for the construction
of the Carol and Park B. Smith Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art
fitness and training facility that is a two-level addition
to the Hart Recreation Center.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her devoted husband, Park; her
parents; a brother; three sisters; and the Park and Terry
Smith and the Jim and Patty White families of Warren, N.J.
Reflecting on her life, College Provost Frank Vellaccio
says of Mrs. Smith, The immense faith, courage, love
and generosity that Carol exhibited throughout her life,
and, especially, during her last days, are beacons of hope
to all that knew her. To have been her friend was a true
gift of God.