George E. Petraitis

Smith Senior Living Trustee since 2002
Smith Senior Living Board Chair since 2012
“We are committed to anticipating the needs of new generations of older adults,” states George Petraitis, who notes that every day 10,000 Baby Boomers celebrate their 65th birthday. “For Smith communities, were focused on the most effective ways to encourage seniors to sooner take advantage of the vibrant lifestyle options we offer.”

During the first decade of the 21st century, Smith Senior Living invested more than $134 million constructing its new campus, Smith Crossing in Orland Park, and transforming its original campus, Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. “As an architect, I appreciate the beauty of what we have built,” says the University of Illinois alumnus. “But even more, I appreciate what happens inside: how our spacious residences and appealing common areas enhance the sense of community that our residents enjoy.”

Petraitis recalls, “When my mother-in-law moved into Washington and Jane Smith Home, Smith Village’s predecessor, I saw how she made new friends and enhanced her enjoyment of life. The sterling care she received improved her strength and health. I was so impressed, I eventually joined the Board.”

He adds, “I believe that volunteering enriches our lives and cultivates caregivers,” putting the spotlight on the successful volunteer programs on both Smith campuses.

Petraitis and his wife Karen raised their four children in the Beverly community, and George has served in many area organizations including the Local School Councils for Sutherland Elementary and Morgan Park High Schools. He also volunteered for the Cub and Boy Scouts and umpired the Beverly-Ridge Little Leagues for boys and girls.


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