Connell F. Smith

1942-1976
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Connell F. Smith served as Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Laborers’ Local 773 from 1942 to 1976.  It was his vision that guides Local 773 to this day in organizing, political action, and service to the membership.  He provided a strong foundation for one of the most respected Local Unions in the entire International Union.  His philosophy of “Who can I help today” guided him as the longest serving business manager in Local 773 history.

 

Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Award

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 The Connell F. Smith-Homer Brown Scholarship Award was established in 1986 by the Executive Board of Local 773 and LiUNA Vice President Edward M. Smith to honor the First Business Manager of Local 773 Connell F. Smith who served as Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Laborers’ Local 773 from 1942 to 1976. It was his vision that guides Local 773 to this day in organizing, political action and service to the membership. He provided a strong foundation for one of the most respected Local Unions in the entire International Union. His philosophy of “Who can I help today” guided him as the longest serving business manager in Local 773 History.

 

Homer Brown was a member of Local 773 during the great depression. He worked as a Laborer for 55 cents an hour while raising six children. During his career, Brown was a construction steward as well as served the Executive board as the Sergeant at Arms, Executive Board Member, and later served as the Vice President of Laborers’ Local 773. Despite his hardship, Brown and his wife Mary managed their life around the future of their five children making every effort to make certain they obtained their education and lead productive, successful lives. Homer Brown Jr. joined the United States Air force while James E. Brown and Gertrude Brown Johnston obtained their degrees and are employed by the US Government. James is a guard and Gertrude is a Human Resource Consultant. Iantha Brown McKinley and Dorothy May Brown Lee became Teachers, and John Wesley Brown became Principal of Harry E. David Jr. High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

“Whatsoever you desire when you pray, believe you will receive it and you will have it. Assure yourself of success today. God is opening doors that will surprise you with new opportunities.”

 

Gertrude K. Johnson Brown

 

The Board created an award to provide substantial grants for the education of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them. Since 1986 the program has selected more than 450 college students to receive the award.

 

Each scholar receives $750 for Junior College, $1,500 for University and $2,000 for students attending Southern Illinois University or University of Missouri Kansas City. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships,  and grants.  Applications will not be accepted after the May 30th, 2017 deadline.