Celebrating the life of our beloved member, Alan Smith (July 14, 1927 - April 5, 2015)
Dr. Smith was born in Minneapolis, MN on July 14, 1927 and died on April 5, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 87. In 1945 he joined the Navy right before his High School graduation from Blake School. After the end of WWII, Alan attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1949. He took pre-med courses at the University of Minnesota where he met his future wife, Joyce Elaine Schlemmer in chemistry class. They were married in 1953 and he graduated from the U of MN Medical School in 1955. He found his vocation when he became the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brooklyn Veterans Admin. Hospital in New York in 1964, specializing in the rehabilitation of amputees and training residents. He enjoyed taking his wheelchair bound patients to the New York Giants games. Alan rode his bicycle to work almost every day until his retirement in 1987. He spent much time at his cabin in the Adirondacks near Owl Pond, camping with his family, hiking, chopping wood, fishing, skiing, boating and picking berries. At home in Bay Ridge he tended his garden with Joyce and his cat. He was a fan of the Yankees and came out to support the runners at the NYC Marathon. He is predeceased by his eldest son, David and leaves his devoted wife of 61 years, Joyce and two children: Margaret "Peggy" G. Smith of Manhattan and Peter A. Smith, MD, of Chicago, Il (Mary K. Morrell, MD); four wonderful grandchildren: Andrew G. Greissman, Katherine E. Greissman, Benjamin M. Smith, and Audrey R. Smith. He will be remembered as a man of moral character and determination.