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Marlyn Ann Friend Smith


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Marlyn Ann Friend Smith Obituary
May 17, 1952 - February 13, 2017 Marlyn "Mike" Ann Friend Smith passed away in Los Angeles on February 13, 2017 from lung cancer. Born May 17, 1952, in Washington, DC, Mike was 64 years old. She graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles, then graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal State Northridge in mathematics. Because of her brilliance in math she was urged to become a Ph.D. in physics but instead went to law school at Loyola Marymount Law School graduating in 1978. In 1979 she graduated from New York University Law School's Master's in Tax program and thus had both a JD and MA. Mike worked as a lawyer at several law firms in Los Angeles including Manatt Phelps and Fenwick & West of Palo Alto, as well as practicing solo concentrating in providing tax advice to other attorneys. After the tax reform act of 1986, Mike decided to switch to a completely different type of law - negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. During this period she worked as a mediator for California Lawyers for the Arts and became an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School teaching ADR and negotiation. In 1994 she became general counsel and a partner in Prime Telecom LLC ("Prime"), a pioneer in owning and managing wireless telecommunication sites necessary for the delivery of radio frequency signals used in a wide variety of applications including cellular telephones. Prime was a leading factor in providing sites in Los Angeles. In 1996, Telecom Towers, LLC ("TTLLC") of Washington, DC, an older telecom site pioneer, purchased a 50% ownership interest in Prime. Both TTLLC and Prime were sold in 1999 to American Tower Corporation (NYSE), the largest tower company in the world. In 2000 she married Randall N. Smith, former CEO of TTLLC. In 2000 Mike and Randall co-founded InSite MediaCom, LLC, a leader in the outdoor advertising industry with 6,000 advertising faces in Los Angeles through its subsidiary Martin Outdoor Media, LLC. In addition to her brilliant mind and professional accomplishments, Mike was a gifted communicator with emotional balance, an outsized sense of humor, and a warm manner prized by her many friends. She was an old soul who helped friends and associates solve problems. She is survived by the love of her life, Randall N. Smith, James and Karen Rooney, Sophia and Jay Rooney, Denison E. Smith, Robin and Randy Garrett, and her two beloved cats, Mackie and Tai. In lieu of flowers, donations to McPaws Regional Animal Sanctuary in McCall, Idaho, are preferred.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 29 to July 30, 2017
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