PAWLING, N.Y. (Sept. 30)—Howard W. Smith, 93, who spent 45 years as president and much of that time as chairman of Pawling Corp., died Sept. 21 in Sarasota, Fla. After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II he joined the newly formed Pawling Rubber Corp. in 1946 as vice president of sales, became its president in 1953 and chairman in 1976. Under his leadership the family-owned business grew as a maker of molded and extruded goods, and in 1971 moved into custom mixing. He had been honorary chairman of the company since his retirement. His survivors include his wife, Edith Johnson Smith; daughter Valerie Busby and her husband Bob Busby; sons Roger and his wife Betty and Stephen and his wife Cathy; and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchilden. A memorial service will be held Oct. 17 at Christ Church on Quaker Hill in Pawling, followed by a reception.
Howard Smith, retired president, chairman of Pawling, dies at 93
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