Remembering Leonard Smith
Change makers are among us everywhere, the majority of them working behind the scenes. They are lawyers and accountants, administrators and assistants, evaluators and creatives. Many hands are needed to achieve massive change. On January 21, 2024, we lost a tremendous set of hands that helped communities across Michigan.
Leonard Smith passed away at 89 years old. His years were spent fully, as husband, father and grandfather, a mentor, youth hockey coach, philanthropic leader, and so much more.
Leonard helped Rose Skillman establish The Skillman Foundation in 1960. He took over as president in 1964 and served in this role until 1999. He went on to lead the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, served as a chairman for the Council of Michigan Foundations, and as a trustee for several Detroit-area foundations.
He was a mentor to many in philanthropy and a coach to youth hockey players who knew him as “Coach Smitty.”
The Skillman Foundation honors the memory of Leonard Smith, a man who committed himself to the betterment of the health, education, and well-being of others.
A remembrance reception will be held Saturday, February 17 at the Country Club of Detroit.
For more information about Leonard Smith’s legacy can be read here.