Carolyn Beth Cunningham SMITH
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SMITH , Carolyn Beth Cunningham On June 19, 2012, MRS. CAROLYN BETH CUNNINGHAM SMITH died after a long term of combating a myriad of neurologic myopathies. Carolyn Smith was born in Indianapolis, IN in February 24, 1924 and was the only child of Frederick and Ester Cunningham. Her family moved to Chappaqua, NY where she graduated from high school. She attended the Stratford Business School in Virginia. Upon completion of her academics she moved to Maryland and was employed by the Equitable Trust Bank. She met her future husband Julian Sinclair Smith when he was a customer of her's at the bank. Julian and Carolyn were married in 1948 and subsequently had four children. Dr. Frederick G. Smith, David D. Smith, Julian D. Smith, and Robert E. Smith. Carolyn and her husband began FOX 45-TV in 1971 in Baltimore that became the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1986. Sinclair is currently one of the largest media companies in America. After the death of her husband in 1993 Carolyn became President of Cunningham Communications. Additionally, she continued her lifelong interest in philanthropy. She established a chair in the Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering in the name of her late husband a Hopkins electrical engineering graduate. She supported numerous local private schools and charities and was respected and revered by all who knew her. She is survived by her four sons and thirteen grandchildren.
The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY, INC., 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD 21093 on Thursday, June 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM with a service to be celebrated at 8 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed in Mrs. Smith's memory to American Parkinson's Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305. Interment private in Keyser, WV. A guestbook is available at

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jun. 21, 2012.
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