Jane Reilly Smoot, 80, athletic center director


Jane Reilly Smoot, a former manager of Johns Hopkins University's Newton White Athletic Center, died Thursday of a heart condition at the Augsburg Lutheran Home in the Lochearn area of Baltimore County. A resident there, she was 80.

She worked 20 years at the athletic center, retiring in 1989. Her work included center scheduling, making team arrangements, membership duties and giving out locker assignments.

Before that, she was an office worker at the former South Baltimore Hospital on Light Street, and she worked as a switchboard operator at the Southern States Cooperative at Locust Point.

She was born at her parents' home in the northern tier of Anne Arundel County. The family moved to South Baltimore in the early 1930s, and she lived in the city most of her life.

Mrs. Smoot attended Southern High School in Baltimore and later obtained an equivalency diploma. She took courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and at the Johns Hopkins University.

She was a member of the South Baltimore Community Council and Coalition of Peninsula Organizations.

She served on the board of South Baltimore Emergency Relief and was instrumental in establishing a used-clothing store for the group.

A member of Saints Stephen & James Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was on the church council, sang in the choir and was involved in women's organizations at the church, including the Mary Martha Circle.

She studied piano and was a participant in protests for environmental causes.

She also enjoyed traveling.

A marriage to George W. Smoot Jr. ended in divorce after about 14 years.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Augsburg Lutheran Home, 6811 Campfield Road, Baltimore.

She is survived by a son, George Smoot III of Pasadena; two daughters, Sandra Benson of Craftsbury, Vt., and Terry Fostel of Towson; two sisters, Anna Haddaway of Glen Burnie and Kathleen Eisinger of Leesburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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