Laura Jean Murray Smith, 69, a retired administrator with the Department of Interior and a native of Washington, died of cancer Thursday at Alexandria Hospital.
In the early 1930s, Mrs. Smith wrote a column called "A Woman's Point of View' for the Afro-American newspaper here.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Dunbar High School in 1930. In the mid 1930s, she became an administrator with Department of Agriculture and later transferred to a similar position with the Interior Department.
She moved to New York City in 1945 to become assistant director of Sydenham Hospital, where she remained for three years. While at the hospital, she recieved a diploma from the hospital administrators course of the American Society of Hospital Administrators. In 1949, she became a buyer for the Retail Merchants Association.
About 1957, Mrs. Returned to Washington and rejoined the Interior Department. She remained there until her retirement in the early 1960s.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the American Society of Hospital Administrators.
Her husband, Clifford V. Smith whom she married in 1931, died in 1960.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Clifford V. Smith Jr. of Corvallis, Ore., and Dr. William Murray Smith of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Kathleen Margarite Stokes of Washington; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.