Bobby L. Smith, MD

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Posted on: February 22, 2022

Bobby Long Smith, MD, 92, a resident of Bridgewater Home and formerly of Norfolk, Va., died March 12, 2021.

A son of the late Henry Floyd and Lesta F. Long Smith, he was born on May 5, 1928 in the North River community in Rockingham County, Va.

Bob graduated from Bridgewater College in 1949 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1953. He then served in the U.S. Air Forces as a General Medical Officer in Japan from 1954 until 1956. He served as chief of the OB section of the Ashiya Air Base, delivering as many as five babies daily.

Bob also did Anesthesiology Residency at the Medical College of Virginia from 1962-1963 and at Duke University from 1963-1964. He was one of the founding members of Julius J. Snyder M.D. and Associates, Inc, (now Atlantic Anesthesia Inc.) in Norfolk VA. As the Group’s Corporate Treasurer and Board Member for 33 years, he was the managing executive for this very successful anesthesia group. The Group grew from 7 MDs to 27 MDs under his leadership. He was well respected by all of his medical colleagues and friends.

On September 12, 1958 he married Jacquelyn Cartwright Smith who preceded him in death on January 27, 1999. An avid sailor, he and Jackie enjoyed many fine days on the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, F. Everette Smith and Ben Smith; and his sister, Hazel Smith Diehl. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. He was a member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 895 Jefferson St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.