Saul Charles Smiley
Smiley, Saul Charles On July 18, 2016 Saul Charles Smiley, 98, passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Springs, CA with his family by his side. Saul was born February 5, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN where he lived and raised his family. Survived by his loving wife of 73 years Maxine, sister Lorraine Zitlin, and three daughters Leslie Galvan, Linda Burke, and Lisa Greenblat. His exceptional life is remembered and cherished by his six grandchildren Robert Melamed Jr, Jessica Frattalone, Ross and Erin Greenblat and Charles and Sarah Burke, four great grandchildren and his loving and faithful nephew and nieces Bruce Smiley, Phyllis Brown, Nicki Good, Barbara Cohen, Steve Latz and Catherine Lee. He is also survived by his dearest friends Glenn and Ben Weaver Saul graduated from the University of Minnesota school of Architecture. Upon graduation in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as Commanding Officer aboard a gun boat which saw action in the battle of the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Upon his return to Minneapolis, Saul began his architectural career and founded SC Smiley and Associates which became Smiley, Glotter and Nyberg Associates. In 1977 he became a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Mr. Smiley specialized in the design of hospitals, educational facilities, from public to private, city to state, government to charities. Some of his designs include the Minneapolis VA Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center. He was in the forefront of environmentally conscious architecture and in 1972 was presented the National Energy Conservation award. He was past President of the Minnesota Society of Architects both state and chapter level and Chairman of the of the AIA/AHA National Joint Committee. Mr. Smiley was prominent in civic activities including memberships in the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Council, Mayors Workhouse Committee and Governors Committee on Mental Health. He was a member of the Minneapolis Speakers Bureau and Contributing Editor to Nursing Home Magazine. Saul was a supporter of many philanthropic organizations and created the Smiley Bear Foundation at Phillips Eye Institute which gave comfort to children prior to surgery. Saul was an accomplished tennis player then an avid golf enthusiast. He was a strong supporter of his Minnesota Twins and Vikings and only wanted Phil Mickelson to win the British Open before he passed away. He loved crossword puzzles, reading and challenging bridge games. Saul expressed profound gratitude for his loving family which was his first priority. He instilled a positive attitude and always when greeted would respond "terrific", regardless of the circumstances. Saul always looked at the bright side of everything and never took his wonderful life for granted. He will be missed as that ray of sunshine that is so necessary in our lives. A private service was held in Palm Springs, CA, a Memorial service is planned at a future date in Mpls.
Published on July 24, 2016
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