|Phil Smart with a young hospital patient|
Phil Smart, the owner of Seattle’s first Mercedes-Benz dealership, a retired colonel and an “ultimate volunteer” (Puget Sound Business Journal) and his wife Helen “Precious” Smart were commissioned as Honorary Generals by Commanding General Bill Sperry on July 12 at a ceremony at the dealership. Board directors of the Children’s Hospital and Boy Scouts as well as the Seattle’s Consul General from Germany attended the nomination ceremony.
According to his nomination, Col. Smart has contributed much of his time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center for over 40 years and with the Eagle Scouts for 14 years. He has raised the spirits of the young and ill by dressing up as Santa for 26 Christmases and has shared his experience and thoughts about community service with over 65,000 people since 1991.
The Seattle-King County Association of Realtors named Phil Smart First Citizen of 1994 for his service to communities and stated, "Phil is a true believer that life is not measured by duration, but by donation…Phil truly has found the ways to give himself away.”
When asked what stands behind the his success, Smart answered that that he couldn’t have done it all without his “Precious” wife Helen who has been by his side for 70 years.