Frederick C. Smith
1916 - 2010
Frederick C. Smith was the CEO of Huffy Corporation and a civic activist. He served a chief executive of the bicycle manufacturing company from 1962 until 1976, presiding over the first public offering of stock on the American Stock Exchange. Once he retired, his civic activities began to accelerate. He was the chief architect of The Job Center, Montgomery County’s welfare reform/job training program, helped guide the Dayton Foundation to enormous growth in the 1980s, co-founded the local branch of Planned Parenthood, and sat on boards for Miami Valley Hospital and Sinclair Community College, among others. He chaired the Ohio Governor’s Job-Training Coordinating Council, and worked on a project to keep chronically absent youth in school. Frederick Smith’s career was marked by his quiet, persistent, behind the scenes activities that always seemed to result in enormous accomplishment.