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AASD Foundation establishes fund in memory of former teacher, coach

The William Smearman Memorial Fund has been established as part of the Altoona Area School District Foundation.

The $25,000 Named Endowment was established by the Smearman family in memory of William “Bill” Smearman to provide ongoing funding for the benefit of secondary science.

Bill was a dedicated Earth Space science teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School for more than 37 years. He was a longtime football and wrestling coach.

Smearman passed away in August 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. He had a passion for teaching and coaching Altoona area youth.

He loved science and during his tenure at Roosevelt, he created RJHS “Mile High Weather Eye,” a program whereby his students could track the weather on a daily basis. He loved seeing his students succeed not only in the classroom, but in life.

Aside from teaching and coaching, Smearman was an avid golfer. After his death, two of his RJHS colleagues Steve Rhodes and Steve Frank, along with the Smearman family, started the Coach Bill Smearman Memorial Golf Tournament with proceeds funding an AAHS senior athlete scholarship.

Nine $1,000 scholarships have been awarded in his name since the inception of the golf tournament.

After 10 years, the golf tournament was not continued and the decision to create a memorial fund through the AASD Foundation benefitting secondary science at the Altoona Area School District was made.

“Bill had a passion for teaching and coaching,” said Amy Smearman, co-chair of the Coach Bill Smearman Committee.

“Creating a memorial fund in his name gives our family and his friends a chance to continue that legacy of his life.”

This is the 35th Named Endowment Fund established since the program was initiated in 1999. It enables donors to make contributions that are invested and grown until a targeted maturity in ten years. At that time, the annual earnings are used to support innovative classroom projects that impact all children at the Altoona Area School District.

The AASD Foundation was established in 1987 to enhance educational opportunities for all students, K-12, and to encourage excellence and innovation in the classroom. For more information about the AASD Foundation Named Endowment program or any of its programs, contact Paula Foreman, executive director, at

946-8424.

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