Corinne Heller Sweet, wife, mother, grandmother, civic leader, journalist and artist, passed away January 18, 1993 following an illness of six months.
She was born in New York City on November 24, 1914 to Alexander and Hattye Heller. After graduating from Alcuin Prepartory School in 1930, she moved with her family to San Diego, California, where at age 18, she became a reporter with the Scripps-Howard newspaper and attended San Diego State College. Although eye cancer prevented her from taking her degree, she later continued studies at the University of Utah.She married Leon Jack Sweet in 1937 and moved to Salt Lake City, where Jack had begun his lifetime career with Sweet Candy Company, a family business. Shortly after her marriage, she worked at the Neighborhood House Well-Baby Clinic and served on the Executive Committee of the Salt Lake Council of Women. She served as co-chairman of the Women's Committee for the Symphony the year it was founded. In 1941, she was instrumental in founding the Salt Lake City Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She served as president of the B'Nai Israel Sisterhood and was the first woman member of the Board of Trustees of B'Nai Israel Congregation. During World War II, she was active in the USO here.
She will be particularly remembered for her dedication to literacy and her involvement with the Salt Lake City Public Library, having served on the Board for 19 years, including two years as chairman. Last fall she and Jack Sweet presented the library with a generous gift of $200,000 for the expansion of it's Avenues Branch. Her philanthropy also extended to the University of Utah, where she and Mr. Sweet established a scholarship fund for the school's honors program.
Mrs. Sweet was the recipient of numerous awards, includng membership in the Salt Lake Council of Women Hall of Fame in 1968. She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the first Board of Trustees of the College of Southern Utah and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human letters from the College in 1971. She was awarded the 1973 Distringuished Services Plaque by the Community Services Council and in 1992 was named Community Service Award recipient by the Salt Lake Foundation. Mrs. Sweet was the first woman to be appointed to the Board of Directors of St. Mark's Hospital, later serving as vice president. In 1981, she was elected to the Utah Hospital Association Trustee Advisory Council.
Among other organizations which benefited from her service are the Salt Lake Council for Unity, Girl Scout Council, Family Service Society, the National Board of Family Service Society of America, the YWCA, and the Utah Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She also served as a Red Cross volunteer for 27 years, and on the Boards of the United Fund, Jewish family Service, Community Nursing Service, and Utah Society for the Physically Handicapped. Mrs. Sweet was co-founder of the Headstart Program in Utah, chairman of Project Enable, was Pre-tour chairman of docents for the Salt Lake Art Center, was active in the Friends of Utah Fine Arts Museum, was a member of the Utah Shakespearean Festival Board, served on the Utah Symphony Council, and the Hansen Planetarium Board. She had also served as president of Rowland Hall-St. Mark's Home and School Association and had been chairman of the Women's Golf Committee of the Salt Lake Country Club.
For the past 15 years, Mrs. Sweet has served on the Board of Directors of Sweet Candy Company and in 1992 directed the company's centennial activities.
Mrs. Sweet is survived by her husband; daughter, Virginia Sweet Pringle and her husband, Robert of Scottsdale, Arizona; son, R. Anthony Sweet and his wife, Marianne; son, Jonathan Sweet and his wife, Jyllana; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Byer of Dallas, Texas; and a brother, Irving Heller, Denver, Colorado.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, January 21, in the 3rd floor Atrium of the Salt Lake City Public Library, 209 East 500 South. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans & Early Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Salt Lake, 2970 South Main, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
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