Luther G. Smith (1870-1938), who founded the BR&CF in 1912, is shown here in his office in Harrisburg, Pennsylvnia. He served as president from 1918 until his death. The BRCF's mission is to provide job income protection when its members are “held out of service” for discipline. Smith started his career as a Pennsylvania Railroad fireman, and also worked as a locomotive engineer.
Employee and fraternal organizations provided insurance to members and their families for well over a century before this organization was founded. Smith was founder and later president of the Brotherhood's Relief and Compensation Fund. Members are employed in the Motive Power or Transportation Department of a Transportation Company, in active service of such employment, a member of a Railroad Brotherhood or Union and under the age of 65 years. The BR&CF now awards 20 Luther G. Smith Scholarships annually to students who are the children of its members.
Management portrait in an office setting.