A Love Story
Helen B. Smith was a very special person. In the fall of 1962, Mom Smith, as she was referred to, became the house mother of the Phi Sigma Chi Fraternity for their soon to be purchased home on Claremont Ave. This was the start of a relationship that would affect positively the lives of over 500 Fraternity men and their friends.
Showing the patience of Job, Momsy endured the pranks and jokes of the brothers that on occasion lacked refinement. Showing the wisdom of Solomon, this grand lady soothed wounded hearts, shared Christian principals, and saw to it that the brotherhood was reminded how a gentleman should act. From the pledge talks, to the Thanksgiving dinners, to the sweetheart pinning ceremonies, to the theme parties, she was our Mom Smith. From the hours involved in talks about what love really means to talks about why we couldn't have unlimited drinking in the house - she was our Mom Smith. Each one of us that knew her has a favorite story to tell!
Without Mom's willingness to give up her Ashland College housemother campus seniority in 1962 and move to Claremont Avenue, A.C. would never have allowed housing at that 502 Residence. Were it not for her financial help from time to time to meet homeowner obligations, and her ability to serve as our college goodwill ambassador when needed, our fraternity would not have survived. All money Mom advanced the brothers was paid back to her; however, she would never accept any interest because she said we were a good cause.
Mom Smith passed away on March 17, 1986 in her home state of Pennsylvania at age 84.
For those of us fortunate enough to have known her, our lives benefited. Thanks, Momsey!
Helen B. Smith - "Mom Smith"