Charles A. Smith Jr., former president and chief executive
officer of scrap metals recycler Alter Trading Corp., died Oct.
11. He was 88.
Smith joined Alter Co.
in 1953 in its accounting and transportation departments and
quickly climbed the ranks as a buyer and seller of scrap. In
1964, he was appointed vice president and head of scrap
merchandising. In the early 1980s, Smith was named president, a
role he held until announcing his semi-retirement in 1988.
One year later, Robert
Goldstein succeeded him as president of the St. Louis-based
company and Smith fully retired in 1990.
Smith later became
part owner, president and chief executive officer of a
riverboat casino in East Peoria, Ill., until 1996.
He is survived by his
wife of 67 years, Beverly Smith; five children; 10
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was
being held Oct. 18 in Bettendorf, Iowa.