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Past President Ralph Smith Passes

The INBA family has lost one of its pioneers.

INBA Past President Ralph Smith has passed away after a battle with cancer.  HIs family was with him at his home in Pekin, Illinois.  Ralph was a charter member of INBA when it formed in 1955 and served as the third president in 1957 while he was the news director at WIRL-AM in Peoria.  His term as president was marked by ideas ahead of their time, most notably an effort to have radio and television stations co-fund a reporter in Springfield for better legislative coverage.

Past INBA President Bill Taylor (1974) indicates there will be no visitation or funeral, but there will be a memorial service at a later date.