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Cornelius "Neil" Smyth Obituary
CORNELIUS SMYTH Cornelius "Neil" Smyth, 85, of San Diego, passed away Nov. 1, 2011. He was born Aug. 20, 1926, in New York, N.Y., and was a 25-year resident of Nevada. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Assistant Naval Attache, being the youngest officer in the history of the Navy to hold that office. He was recruited by Caesars Palace of Las Vegas, where he served as chief financial officer and later as vice president and chief operations officer. He left Caesars to join the Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, as its president; and subsequently, returned to Caesars as executive vice president of Caesars World International in charge of marketing in Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and Australia. He was the co-founder of the U.S. National Table Tennis Championships and is enshrined in both the U.S.A. and California Table Tennis Halls of Fame. He was the U.S. National over 50 Doubles Champion in 1985 and was the silver medalist in the U.S. National Senior Olympics singles over 65 in 1995. In addition, he won the over 80 North American singles championship in 2006 and 2007. He served as U.S.A. Table Tennis Chairman on the International Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, State of Nevada. He maintained memberships in the Sons of the Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars, the Knights of Malta, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity, being the recipient of a Significant Sigma Chi medal. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanette; six children from his first marriage to the deceased Jeanne Dillingham Smyth, Cornelius E. Smyth Jr., Loretta S. Kulik, William D. Smyth, James B. Smyth, Laura S. Bowers and Robert B. Smyth; two stepdaughters, Lynn DeMello and Lauren Moore; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at St. Viator's Catholic Church, 2461 E. Flamingo Road. Donations may be made to Leukemia Society in remembrance of Jeanne Smyth.
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