Ann P. Smith

Democratic Party Activist

Ann P. Smith, 89, former chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and a Washington area resident for more than 40 years, died of pneumonia Nov. 19 at a hospice near her retirement home in Carlsbad, Calif. She had lived in Carlsbad since 1999.

Mrs. Smith was born in Everson, Pa., and received an undergraduate degree from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania in 1937. She then received a master's degree in social studies from Catholic University.

A Garrett Park resident from 1942 to 1988, when she moved to the Annapolis area, she was active in Maryland and Montgomery politics for more than 30 years. Known then as Ann P. Brown, she ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland legislature in 1958 and was a leader in campaigns for state and national elections, particularly during the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

She was a frequent guest at White House functions and conferences during several administrations and twice was a Maryland delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 1978, she was appointed to the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Women in Mexico City. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she worked in the office of the supervisor of elections in Annapolis, focusing on voter registration.

Mrs. Smith's first husband, George T. Brown, died in 1967. Her second husband, Samuel Edward Smith, died in 1995.

Survivors include five children from her first marriage, Thomas V. Brown of San Diego, Dr. Terence Brown of Hershey, Pa., Sally Brown of Missoula, Mont., Kathy Chung of Lexington, Mass., and Rosemary DeBor of Eden, Vt.; two sisters, Cecilia Kostanski of Petersburg, Va., and Dorothy Pisula of Gloucester Point, Va.; a brother, Dr. Vincent Pisula of Hanover, Pa.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.