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Patricia Smathers Konstam

1933 - 2019
November 2, 1933 - July 13, 2019
Patricia Jean Smathers Konstam, age 85, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Pat was born November 2, 1933, in Ozone, TN, to the Rev. Eugene Smathers and Loucile Boydston Smathers. She grew up in rural Big Lick, TN, attending a one-room school and winning high-level 4-H Club awards. She graduated from Cumberland County (TN) High School, Berea College and Union Theological Seminary in New York, receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1959.

That summer she met her future husband, Aaron Konstam, at a graduate student meeting she led as a Presbyterian campus pastor at Penn State University. After their marriage in 1961, Pat did freelance writing for religious publications while Aaron worked as a chemist and computer scientist in Haifa, Israel; Dayton, OH; and St. Charles, MO. Their son, David, was born in Dayton in 1966.

In 1972 they moved to San Antonio where Aaron joined the Trinity University faculty. During the 1970s, Pat worked in the women's liberation movement as leader and volunteer with local and state National Organization for Women chapters and as an instructor in continuing education courses for women returning to the workforce.

In 1980, without formal journalism training Pat transitioned from freelancing to a 21-year career as a business reporter, editor and columnist.

At the San Antonio Light from 1980 until its close in 1992, she became the paper's first business editor as local business coverage expanded. In 1983, she won the National Small Business Media Advocate of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration. After the Light closed, she was a business writer for the San Antonio Express-News until her retirement in 1999. In retirement Pat was an active volunteer at the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library's BookCellar used book store.
Pat was preceded in death by Aaron, her husband of 53 years; her parents; and infant brother, Charles. Surviving her are son, David of Elgin, IL; brother, Mike Smathers and his wife Judy of Big Lick, TN; brother-in-law, Marvin Konstam and his wife Varda of Boston, MA; and four nieces and nephews.

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Rev. Andries Coetzee will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 Old Highway 90 West, San Antonio, TX 78227-2209, or Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200.

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Published in Express-News on Sept. 4, 2019
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