New President of The Mother Church

Mrs. Myrtle Holm Smith was born in Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Harry S. Holm, railroad official. She was educated in the public schools of St. Louis, Missouri, and Fort Dodge, Iowa. She also attended Grinnell College, Iowa, which she left before graduating, in order to study art. This she pursued in private studies, until her marriage to Clifford P. Smith, of Mason City, Iowa. It was in the latter city that she became interested in Christian Science, when a member of the family was instantaneously healed after being given up by the physician. From that time she was an earnest student of Christian Science, joining the local church, in which she held various offices. She joined The Mother Church in 1902, and received class instruction in the same year. Later she received instruction in the Christian Science Board of Education and the designation C.S.B.

Because of her interest in Christian Science. Mrs. Smith gave up art as a career to become a practitioner of Christian Science. While her practice has been her first interest, she has served The Mother Church in many and varied capacities since coming to Boston in 1908, among them membership on the Advisory Committee of the Christian Science Benevolent Association, the Christian Science Comforts Forwarding Committee in World War I, and Superintendent of The Mother Church Sunday School. Since 1941 she has been chairman of the Christian Science War Relief Committee, and she is a member of the Committee on Wartime Activities of The Mother Church.

June 30, 1945

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