Geneva’s 25th mayor dies at 98

Howard E. Smith Jr. was mayor from 1957-1961

Howard E. Smith Jr., Geneva’s 25th mayor, died at the age of 98. He was mayor from 1957 to 1961.

GENEVA – Geneva’s 25th mayor, Howard E. Smith Jr., who served one term from 1957 to 1961, died Sept. 10 at the age of 98.

The city’s flag was lowered to honor his memory, officials said.

Smith was born in Chicago but raised in Geneva and graduated from Geneva High School.

Smith introduced a campaigning John F. Kennedy at the Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva two weeks before the 1960 general election.

Smith practiced law in Geneva for more than 60 years.

Smith was a lifelong parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva and taught religious education at the school, according to his obituary.