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Press Statement 14-001

Philip M. Smith, former Polar Programs deputy director and advocate for U.S. International Polar Year involvement, dies at 81

Helped to built essential momentum for the IPY across the federal government

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Phil Smith  on a visit to Antarctica with rocketry pioneer Wernher von Braun.

Phil Smith (second from right) is shown on a visit to Antarctica in the 1960s with rocketry pioneer Wernher von Braun (center).

Credit: Archival photo: Antarctic Journal of the United States

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