Susan Jean Way-Smith

Susan Jean Way-Smith, born Jan. 1, 1950 in Chicago to Charles A. and Betty P. Way, passed away at her home in Los Angeles on June 3, 2007 after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Susan was surrounded by her loving family and friends. She graduated with honors from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL. She received her B.A. from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, M.A.s from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the RAND Graduate School. Susan enjoyed an illustrious career, and she championed many causes. She held executive positions at B.F. Goodrich, Ponderosa Steak Houses, Inc., Copeland Corporation, Allegheny Teledyne, and she retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the LAEP/Urban Education Partnership in Los Angeles. Susan also served on several advisory boards and Boards of Directors including the Pardee RAND Graduate School, USC's Rossier School of Education, the School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA, Community Enhancement Corporation, Westchester/Playa Education Foundation, LAEP, H.O.M.E., and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation. Susan is survived by her husband, Douglas J. Smith; her sister, Betsy Way; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Lucile Smith; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marian and Ronald Couchot; and many devoted friends and colleagues. A celebration of Susan's life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at the RAND Corporation Headquarters, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Susan Way-Smith Memorial Fund at the Pardee RAND Graduate School 1776 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jun. 10, 2007.
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Susan was a great person. I had the priviage of meeting her at Carol's house last year. I know she will be missed by a lot of people. I am glad I got to spend a little time with her.
sharon gregory
June 13, 2007
The world is less compassionate, less intelligent, less courageous, less fun without Susan. It was a privilege to have had her as a friend. The time was simply too short. Our thoughts are with Doug, Betsy, and all who were lucky enough to have known and loved her.
Carl Stich
June 11, 2007
Susan was a great friend and mentor. I was lucky to know her.
Jack Riley
June 11, 2007
I had the privilege of knowing Susan and working with her on programs of the Human Resources Round Table (HARRT)at UCLA. She contributed to focus attention on deficiencies in the LA's public school systems preparation of young people for the work force and for careers. At a personal level, she was an outstanding professional and leader and had great compassion for those who found themselves in challenging circumstances. The death of of Susan is a big loss for all who believe that people can make a difference in creating a better community and society.
Archie Kleingartner
June 11, 2007