Dr. Louise Mosimann Smith


June 28, 1920 - August 12, 2013

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Entered into eternal rest on August 12, 2013, Louise deVineau Mosimann Smith, widow of Edmund J. (Jack) Smith. Mrs. Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of Thomas F. Mosimann and Elise deVineau Mosimann. She was a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church, grew up in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and was very active in church work. She was a member of the Legion of Mary, taught Sunday school and had the honor of serving as May Queen. When living on the Isle of Palms, she served on the board of the Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. Mrs. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston where she was awarded the Minnie E. Barnett Scholarship. While at the College she was a member of several clubs and was President of the Music and Glee Clubs. She held a Master's degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama where she was honored with a scholarship from the National Science Foundation. Mrs. Smith received a Ph.D. from The University of South Carolina. She also did graduate work at Michigan State University. On graduation from the College of Charleston she taught first grade at James Simmons School in Charleston. She left there to become bookkeeper at Radio Station WTMA and later Office Manager. She left WTMA to raise a family but later returned to teaching mathematics at St. Andrew's High School and became head of the mathematics department. She left St. Andrew's to accept the position of Assistant Director of Mathematics for Charleston County School District. She left the County to accept the position of Associate Professor of Education at The College of Charleston, but was asked to return to Charleston County School District as Coordinator of Mathematics. While at the County she developed a curriculum for mathematics for Charleston County schools and saw mathematics scores on standardized tests grow from rock bottom to above national norms in all grades tested. Dr. Smith was an adjunct professor of mathematics for Florida State University, The Medical University of South Carolina, The Baptist College of Charleston, The College of Charleston and The University of South Carolina.

Dr. Smith was a guest lecturer and wrote programs for South Carolina Educational television
She was "Star Teacher" for Charleston County in 1969 and 1970 and First Congressional "Star Teacher" in 1969. She was professor for a day at Clemson University and one of the first recipients of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics award for outstanding contribution to mathematics education. She was a recipient of the United States Department of Education award for "outstanding progress toward excellence in compensatory education". Dr. Smith was a speaker and workshop presenter at many national meetings from Maine to Hawaii. She was voted alumna of the year by the College of Charleston Alumni Association in 1983 and is a life member of the St. Andrew's High School Parent Teachers Association. Dr. Smith is a past president of Trident Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, past president of the Charleston Business and Professional Women's Club, past president of the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics and of the South Carolina Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a past member of the American Society of Curriculum Development and a member of the Mathematic Association of America. She was coauthor of the National Teachers Mathematics Exam. She was a member of Charleston Chapter #4 United Daughters of the Confederacy. Dr. Smith is survived by two sons: Edmund Julian Smith Jr. and his wife, Ellen, Horace P. Smith and his wife, Greta; one daughter: Denyse Smith Morrow and her husband, George; 2 grandsons: Edmund Julian Smith III and Justin Michael Smith; one granddaughter: Allison Smith Morrow and one great grandson: Edmund Julian Smith IV. She is also survived by one brother, James Emile Mosimann (Jean) of Gainesville, Virginia; one sister, Frances Octavie Mosimann of Washington, DC and numerous nieces and nephews. The relatives and friends of Louise M. Smith are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM Friday, August 16, 2013, at Christ Our King Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 PM at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Highway. Online condolences may be offered at www.jamesamcalister.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Dr. Smith's memory may be made to Christ Our King Catholic Church, 1149 Russell Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC, The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 West Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.