Carolyn Smith Paschal, April 8, 1929-December 10, 2013

Thursday, January 9, 2014 | 11:32 a.m. CST; updated 10:09 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 9, 2014

Carolyn Smith Paschal died December 10, 2013 at Mill Vista Lodge in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She was born April 8, 1929, to Roger Carter Smith, a Cattleman of Callaway County, Missouri, and Agnes Thompson of Saline County, Missouri. Carolyn married Robert Hiran Paschal of Hannibal Missouri at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, MO.

Carolyn graduated from David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, MO in 1945. Upon graduating from high school she attended Stephens College of Columbia, MO where she was a member of a number of honorary societies. Upon graduation, she attended the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. Her husband served in the United States Army in the China-Burma Theater of Operations during World War II. At the completion of the war he resumed his education in the School of Engineering at the University of Missouri, where he and Carolyn met and became close friends. After they both graduated, they were married on March 16, 1951.

After their marriage, Robert went to work as an executive with the Illinois Central Railroad Company. Later he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad Company and the Frisco Railroad, earning the position of Vice President while living in Flossmoor, Illinois. Robert had a number of assignments at different locations at Carolyn accompanied him at each of them. Carolyn worked for a period of time as a reporter for the Fort Hays Kansas Tribune making a home for Robert and their two children, Melinda and Alan. After Robert died in 1972, Carolyn worked at Stephens College as the Director of Office of Public Information under President Seymour Smith until May 1978. Later, Carolyn served as Public Relations Director at Vassar College of Poughkeepsie, New York.

Carolyn then developed an interest in the executive search business. After learning the business in New York City, she moved to Del Mar, California where she established her own firm, “Carolyn Smith Pascal International.” While in the search business she filled numerous executive positions for major corporations, colleges and universities, earning an income to support herself and her children. She was a pioneer in the search field as well as one of the most successful women in the field. Carolyn also spoke at numerous seminars and received numerous rewards in her field of expertise.

Upon Carolyn’s retirement she moved to Wind Crest Retirement Community in Centennial, Colorado. While residing at Wind Crest, Carolyn organized the “How To” seminars for senior citizens. She also was a co-founder of the “wind Crest Orchid Growers Club.” She loved orchids and other flowers. Carolyn also enjoyed various recreational activities including oil and water color painting.

Carolyn is survived by her brother, Robert C. Smith of Columbia, MO, her two children, Melinda Selleck (husband Rob and two children, Elsa and Molly) of Greely, Colorado and Alan Paschal (wife Donna and three children, Robert, Michael and Amber) of Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Suggested memorial contributions may be made to Scripps Institution of Oceanography Development Office, 5500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093 or Stephens College, 1200 East Broadway, Columbia, Missouri 65201 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home at the time of burial.

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