(10/9/10): THE CINCINNATI NAACP MOURNS THE PASSING OF DR. HERBERT C. SMITHERMAN, SR
The Cincinnati NAACP mourns the passing of Dr. Herbert C.Smitherman, Sr. "I am honored to call him dad and ask for your continued prayers for my mother and family," Christopher Smitherman, president of the Cincinnati NAACP said.
October 9, 2010
The Cincinnati NAACP mourns the passing of Dr. Herbert C.Smitherman,
Sr. Dr. Herbert C.Smitherman, Sr, died at 11:36 AM today surrounded
by family. Dr. Smitherman was an only child and was born in
Birmingham, Alabama to the parents of Alberta Smith and Rev. James
Otis Smitherman. Dr. Smitherman was married to Barbara J. Smitherman
for 51 1/2 years and was the proud parent of 6 children and 14
grandchildren. Dr. Smitherman was the first African American hired by
Procter and Gamble with a Ph.D in Science in the United States of
America. "Dr. Smitherman was the Jackie Robinson of Procter and
Gamble," Christopher Smitherman, president of the Cincinnati NAACP
said. Dr. Smitherman spent a career at Procter and Gamble recruiting
and retaining African American professionals. Many of the African
Americans at P&G in the 60's 70's and 80's were recruited and retained
by Dr. Smitherman. Current African American employees at Procter and
Gamble should never forget Dr. Smitherman's sacrifice. Dr. Smitherman
leaves a legacy of helping other African Americans be recruited,
hired, and promoted at P&G today. After retiring from Procter and
Gamble Dr. Smitherman served as Vice President of Academic Affairs for
Wilberforce University. He then started a high school called Western
Hill Design Technology to augment African American students performing
at the highest levels in Math and Science. After graduating several
senior classes he transitioned to the Board of Education to work
directly for Superintendent Mary Ronan.
Dr. Smitherman after all of his achievements would want to be
remembered as a loving husband, great father, and proud grandfather.
Dr. Smitherman started at P&G in Cincinnati in 1966 and gave his
entire professional life to improving not only the standard of
excellence but role modeling the essence of how a good person leads a
good life. Some of the many patents that Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman
created for P&G are currently being featured at the America I Am
exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum. "I am honored to call him dad and
ask for your continued prayers for my mother and family," Smitherman
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Dr. Herbert Charles
Smitherman, Sr. Scholarship Fund. Donations may be mailed to the
Cincinnati NAACP at 4439 Reading Road, Suite 202 Cincinnati,OH 45229.
Walker Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.
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