Long-time Akron Railroad Club member Dr. Harold Vaughn “Doc” Smith died Friday (Sept. 9, 2011) at age 90. He had been in failing health for some time. Dr. Smith served as ARRC president in 1976, 1977 and 1978.
Aside from his passion for railroads, Dr. Smith had interests in history, horticulture, music, science, electronics and aviation. An avid reader, his basement library was filled with books and magazines. In addition, he enjoyed trying new things and playing his Hammond organ. He loved pets and traveling, especially by train.
Born on May 21, 1921, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Pritchard Smith. Dr. Smith was raised in Cuyahoga Falls and graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in January 1939.
He later graduated from Kent State University where he studied zoology and chemistry. Before entering the U.S. Army, Dr. Smith did graduate work in rubber chemistry at the University of Akron.
He was a member of Phi Sigma Xi science fraternity. After being discharged from the Army, he attended Temple University School of Medicine, graduating in 1948. While there he joined the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity, Alpha Lambda chapter.
Dr. Smith completed an internship at Akron City Hospital in 1949 and then established a family medicine practice in Stow. He retired from the practice of medicine in 1986.
He was a member of the American Medical Society, the Ohio State Medical Society, the Summit County Medical Society, the Akron Railroad Club, and the Akron, Canton & Youngstown Historical Society. He was a past member of the American Academy of Science, the National Audubon Society, and the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Betty Jenkins Smith, who died on April 26, 2006. Also preceding him in death were a son, Eric; and a daughter, Diane, both from a previous marriage; a brother, William Stanford Smith; and a sister, Eleanor Bredsen.
He is survived by two sons, Stanford Smith and Mark Smith; and a daughter, Gretchen Smith. All are from a previous marriage.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls or the Stow-Glen Residents Acts of Kindness Fund, 4285 Kent Road, Stow 44224.