Vera Smith, 64, worked as police office supervisor


Vera Smith, who retired last year as a Baltimore Police Department office supervisor, died of complications from diabetes Dec. 28 at University of Maryland Medical Center. The West Baltimore resident was 64.

Born Vera Helena Virginia Forbes in Baltimore and raised on Smallwood Street, she was a 1958 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She earned a diploma from the Cortez W. Peters Business School.

She joined the Police Department as a civilian employee and was an office supervisor in its community relations, youth programs and homicide divisions. Mrs. Smith interviewed and hired more than 3,000 youths for the department's summer Youth Corps program from 1973 to 1995, family members said.

"In homicide, there are a lot of important documents which she handled with care," said Detective Oscar L. Requer. "She was very good in administration and was admired by all of us."

Services were held Monday at St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she had been a choir member and Youth Leadership Council president.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney K. Smith and Roland K. Smith Sr.; two daughters, Rosalyn R. Smith and Rochelle Smith-Taylor; her mother, Ethel V. Forbes; and a sister, JoAnn House, all of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Her husband of 28 years, James Ernest Smith, died in 1986.

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