Frederick L. Smeigh, Ph.D., 71, Perryopolis, formerly of Altoona, passed away Monday at UPMC Montefiore.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Earl and Hazel (White) Smeigh. He was married to Linda Daniele on Aug. 22, 1964, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church by Father Vincent Spinos.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Jacqueline Smeigh in Virginia and Andrea (James) Bagnell of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren: Brooke E. and Michael J. Bagnell.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie L. Smeigh.
Frederick was a 1960 graduate of Altoona High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Clarion University and a master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in education leadership from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a previous member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and since moving to Perryopolis was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Frederick had a very long career doing what he loved, being an educator. He served as assistant superintendent of the Altoona Area School District for 13 years. He went on to be superintendent of the Frazier School District for 13 years, all while also working as an adjunct professor at St. Francis University for five years. He then was selected to serve the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a distinguished educator, where he assisted and provided school improvement services and helped facilitate higher student achievement in low-income school districts. He was currently employed by OnHands Schools Inc. as a consultant, where he provided a wide range of developmental services and coaching to teachers, principals and administrators.
Frederick was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award for exceptional leadership for public school staff, awarded by the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Study Council in 1998. In 2004, he was selected by his peers as one of the top individuals making a significant impact on education in public schools and universities in Western Pennsylvania, in recognition for turning around a low-achieving, financially-troubled district, reversing it financially and making it into one of the state's highest-achieving districts with an above-average number of low-income children.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today, April 11, 2014, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
In memory of Frederick, please send contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.