Patricia Knott Smyth, a philanthropist and former Good Samaritan hospital board chair, died of leukemia complications Jan. 14 at her North Baltimore home. She was 89.
Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of contractor and developer Henry J. Knott and his wife, Marion I. Burk, local philanthropists. She was a 1947 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and earned a biology degree at Notre Dame University of Maryland.
She met her future husband, Dr. J. Walter Smyth, on a double date while they were in school. They married in 1952 and settled in Guilford.
“She was the eldest of 13, and this prepared her for her seminal role as mother to her own eight children,” said her...