Dr. Richard R. Smith MD, passed away suddenly in the arms of his beloved wife Lynne on April 13, 2012 at the age of 78. He was born April 5, 1934 in Ashtabula, Ohio, but had made Hingham his home for the last 45 years. Dr. Smith leaves behind five children, all of whom he was extremely proud of. He was the devoted father of Craig and his wife Claire of Cambridge, Leslie and her husband Fabian Waleffe of Wisconsin, Glenn and his wife Renee of Norwell, Matt and his wife Jenn of Bourne and Max of Hingham. He was the cherished grandfather of Colum, Ava, Owen, Madelyn and Ian Smith and Roger and Derek Waleffe. Throughout Richardss life he was an avid sailor, who was influenced by his dad who taught him how to sail on the Great Lakes. He continued his love of sailing on the waters of Buzzards Bay and the Virgin Islands. Richard also loved skiing, and regularly traveled to Europe and the Western U.S. on family ski trips when not skiing locally in New England. He was passionate about horse racing and had attended many seasons at Saratoga Springs. He was also a voracious reader, most recently enjoying his new Kindle. Richard achieved his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University. He then went on to graduate from Boston University Medical School in 1960, followed by surgical internships at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and at the VA Hospital in Cleveland. Richard served his residency at Boston City Hospital from 1962 - 1966. Dr. Smith, along with Dr. Richard Monsees and Dr. James Penza, went on to form one of the largest OB-GYN practices on the South Shore which is now known as South Shore Women's Health. The practice was one of the first to incorporate midwifery as an alternative concept in womans healthcare. In 2006, Dr. Smith retired from practicing medicine, to enjoy his family and other interests and hobbies. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial service, celebrating his life at 11am on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Old South Union Church in Weymouth. Burial will be private. Donations in memory of Richard may be made to Jimmy Fund, 1309 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 or www.Jimmy Fund.org/gifts. See www.McDonald-FuneralHomes.com for directions and online condolences.
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Published in The Hingham Journal from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2012