MOUNT VERNON —Robert E. Smith, MD, 88, passed away Dec. 17, 2010, in Mount Vernon.
He was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Akron to Frederick and Ruth Marie (Vanderhoof). Robert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1948. Dr. Smith started his internship at Akron City Hospital. His first practice was in Parsons, W.Va., and second practice in Oak Hill. He then served the Medina community for 25 years. Following retirement from his general practice, Dr. Smith shared his years of experience by teaching and was involved in family practice residency programs at Case Western Reserve, NEOUCOM and Akron General Hospital, the University of Mississippi medical center and The Ohio State University Hospital. In 1983, he became director of the family practice program at Floyd County Medical Center in Rome, Ga., until retiring in 1996. Dr. Smith served his country in the U.S. Army.
Dr. Smith served 12 years on the Medina City School Board and helped found the Medina County Joint Vocational School. He was an avid gardener noted for his roses and was a member of the American Rose Society. Dr. Smith was a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice and was a member of the Medina County Medical Society.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary “Lucille” (Bayne), to whom he was married 66 years; loving children, Richard F. (Anne) Smith of Girard, Kathleen (Dennis) Posey of Mount Vernon, Elizabeth (Georg) Schultz of St. Joseph, Mich., James R. (Lucy) Smith and William A. Smith, both of Lakewood, Jennifer Moffitt of Madison, Miss., Peggy Dahlhausen of Milford and Robert V. Smith of Aurora, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; niece, Diana Woods of Akron; and nephews, Gene and Frederick Nixon, both of Akron.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Jean Johnson.
Service will be held at the Waite and Son Funeral Home’s Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St., Medina, 44256 on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at noon, where friends will be received from 10 a.m. until time of service with the Rev. Gerald Baker officiating.
Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, Mount Vernon, in his memory.
Burial will take place at Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina. Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com.