Elmira Susannah Smyrl (Sauberan)
(1919 - 2009)

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Elmira Susannah Smyrl (Sauberan)
Nickname: Myra

Birth:
Michigan, United States of America
May 16, 1919

Passing:
Montana, United States of America
September 6, 2009


Guest Book
HELLO MY NAME IS DAVE SMITH I HAVE NO RELATION TO MRS SAURBERAN I WAS AT A ANTIQUE STORE IN DETROIT AND BOUGHT A BUNCH OF OLD NEWS PAPERS I HAVE A PART OF A FRONT PAGE ARTICLE WITH MRS SAUBERAN ON THE FRONT PAGE FROM BEING HIT BY A UNKNOWN DRIVER THIS PAPER IS FROM 11/12/1935 WOULD LOVE TO GIVE THIS TO HER FAMILY PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN CALL ME OR EMAIL ME 586-549-9008 I LIV IN CLINTON TWP MI DAVE SMIYH
dave smith (none)
July 8th, 2017
A great friend and teacher - and one of the "old school architects" - a command of structure, materials and design - God Bless
Jeff Kestle (student)
March 7th, 2012
I was an architecture student from 65-68, She came into the classroom dressed eclectically. She exuded confidence and intelligence. She was very tough and noncompromising. We all admired her and even though her brand was tough love she was definitely liked and respected. I then served in the military came back to MSU and built a personal program in Landscape Architecture there graduating with a BScA, then an MLA from the University of Illinois.
Most of my technical drawing skills came directly from Elmira. Quite the lady!
Ken Dockham (student)
November 2nd, 2009
Elmia was a complicated person. Friends renting rooms from her had a completely different experience than her students. I liked her, and wished she was more approachable after her retirement. I learned alot from her, and enjoyed the many stories others told me. Elmira was a larger-than-life character, a mystery to most of us -- most definitely memorable.
Jennifer Smith Mitchell (former student)
September 20th, 2009
Elmyra Smyrl was one of my chosen thesis advisers in 1985. In addition to her being an outstanding and tireless instructor, her life history amazed me in the 1980's and continues to amaze me today. To have been an architect, in Texas, in the 1940's, AND female is in and of itself an incredible statistic. The fact that I chose her as a thesis advisor, even after it became necessary for me to take her "construction documents" course TWICE, is a testament to the respect that I had for Elmyra.

I, and many other students, can remember her coming through studios at 11:00 at night to help us out. (Ask the current Professor Livingston if he still remembers that "Cement is a powder, concrete is a building material" from 1980.)

I cherished my time with her in school (at least 85% of the time) and I will cherish her memory ALWAYS.

It was an honor having Elmyra Smyrl as an instructor, and she will be missed.
Peter Tennant (Former Student)
September 17th, 2009
During my short-lived (1 yr: 81/82 school yr) career at Montana State I heard some interesting comments from students about the "old lady" in the Architecture Dept. She was obviously notorious on campus, and those taking her classes have surely recognized (probably in hindsight) how lucky they were to have had her as an instructor.
Scott Williss (Grandson)
September 15th, 2009
I would love to hear from former students who had a variety of opinions about her teaching style ... and various experiences with her as a prof. She was truly unique.
Donna (daughter)
September 14th, 2009
This is the memorial I set up for Elmira Susannah Sauberan Smyrl. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Brad Inscoe
September 14th, 2009
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"So grateful to have this website to introduce me to my friend's grandmother. Having lost my last grandparent at the age of 13, I'm astonished/envious that someone of my age (late 40s) had a living grandparent until just recently. Blessed be, Myra!"
Katja Edgar
September 21st, 2009
"I miss you grandma! You were a challenge and a delight, a beacon of light for high achieving women everywhere. I smile daily when I think of your wit and talent, stubbornness and eccentricities. I love you!! Shine on!!"
Teri Inscoe
September 17th, 2009

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